Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation

Site: Neyaashiinigmiing - Lighthouse Rd

Service: Nawash Native Child Welfare

Record #: BRU0311
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2023
Last Full Update: 10 May 2023


Description (Service) Provides protection and care for children and families. Nurtures a healthy community environment with the aim that all children remain connected to their heritage and culture. Range of community-based and culturally appropriate services include:

Family Support Program - provides various voluntary services and parenting information to Band members and acts as a liaison between families and off-reserve child welfare agencies. Also offers parenting programs.

Foster Care Support - offers support and assistance to foster parents / customary care/ kinship families and children-in-care in the community. Also helps in the recruitment of new foster parents within the community to keep children within their home community.

Child Support Program - works in accordance with the Family and Children's Services Act to provide advocacy, support services and referrals for children-in-care and in the community. Offers child / youth enrichment programs for school aged children from daycare to grade 12.

Nawash Youth Group - for teens ages 13-18. Offers workshops for social, personal, career and life skills training, annual pre-parenting sessions, fundraisers and a range of cultural and recreational activities. Programs include Teen's Night and drop-in on Friday evenings for games, computer, pool table, TV and movies. Transportation is available home after each event.

Leaders In Training - supports children and youth to develop and strengthen their life skills, culture and identity. Multi-faceted program builds on the strengths of Aboriginal youth and their communities.

Service Details

Public Comments Additional Contact: Melissa Soloman, Community Mentor; Email:
Hours Office: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Teen's night: Wed 7 pm-9 pm
Teen's drop-in: Fri 7 pm-10 pm
Other program hours vary, call for details
Areas Served Chippewas of Nawash First Nation ; and off-reserve members in Bruce and Grey Counties as requested
Eligibility Chippewas of Nawash residents and band membership
Application Call or drop in. Call to register for the Nawash Youth Group.
Languages Ojibway - limited
Fees None

Address and Location

Located In Community Neyaashiinigmiing
Address & Map
Chippewas of Nawash Native Child Welfare Building; 23 Lighthouse Rd
Neyaashiinigmiing, ON
Canada N0H 2T0
Intersection Lighthouse Rd and Chick's Rd
Physical Access Fully Accessible

Contact Information

Office Phone 519-534-3818
Fax 519-534-4932
Primary Contact Darlene Ritchie, Family Service Supervisor; Phone: ext 826
Alternate Contact Shannon Drane, Youth Support Worker; Phone: ext 824; Email:
Volunteer Coordinator Melissa Soloman, Community Mentor; Email:
Mailing Address Chippewas of Nawash Native Child Welfare Building; 23 Lighthouse Rd 
Neyaashiinigmiing, ON 
Canada N0H 2T0

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