During 2017, the Waabnoong Bemjiwang Child Well-Being Agency Development Project staff engaged in community consultations with each First Nation. Further consultation with the youth and Elders from each community took place to determine the ‘readiness’ to proceed through the process of becoming a designated agency approved to deliver child protection and prevention services both on and off reserve to the members of Wasauksing, Shawanaga, Magnetawan, Henvey Inlet, Dokis, Nipissing and Wahnipatae First Nations.
The operations of the Child Well-Being Project is housed on Dokis First Nation. There was a Feasibility Study conducted to determine where the Head Office location will be on a permanent basis. Further work conducted under the project was working collaboratively with legal counsel in order to have the Child Well Being Agency deliver operations from its own Corporate Structure. Ongoing meetings occurred on a monthly basis with the Organizational Steering Committee. This committee had a representative from each of the seven communities. The representatives are the voice of the members of each First Nation as we plan and develop the new agency.