Bi-Cultural Practice

Community care and customary care practices are at the heart of Weechi-it-te-win and along with this, a concurrent obligation to be bi-culturally proficient. 

We recognize that our families’ needs are vast and there is no single way alone that will help all of our children, families and communities; it is for this reason that we must draw upon our traditional ways to strengthen and preserve families.

 Bi-cultural proficiency applies to both the child welfare and non-mandated (voluntary) service streams at Weechi-it-te-win.  Bi-cultural practice enables us to respond to the needs of children and their families from the point of referral in a manner that is consistent with their needs, their culture, and belief systems.  These practices include both Anishinaabe and contemporary (western) interventions or methods of healing.

Each Nanaandawewenin team member at Weechi-it-te-win enters into a self-discovery process that begins with self-assessment in terms of cultural competence, and moves into a professional development journey that includes: learning the history of the Treaty #3 Anishinaabe, acquiring knowledge about the history, vision and philosophy of Weechi-it-te-win Family Services, and finally participating in ongoing trainings that involve Anishinaabe teachings and participation in spiritual practices.  This “learning journey” provides each team member with an awareness of the infinite supply of natural resources available within our communities and how to access these for families.