Council of Elders

The Staff and Board of Weechi-it-te-win Family Services would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to the Ottertail/Geyshick Family and Lac La Croix First Nation for the loss of Elder, Drum-Keeper, Singer, Knowledge Holder, Mr. Kalvin Ottertail. We will always hold your teachings close to our hearts <3



The Council of Elders are the knowledge keepers and are held in very high regard.  Their life experience, teachings and traditional life ways are what drives Weechi-it-te-win’s mandate, philosophy, and practice.  The Elders’ invaluable knowledge of customary care, the teachings of Naaniigaan Abinoojii (the child- first and foremost), and their strong belief in helping families is essential to further Weechi-it-te-win’s commitment to finding alternatives to the mainstream child welfare system. 

The duty of the Elders Council is to provide guidance and direction to the staff, programs and leadership of Weechi-it-te-win Family Services.  The Elders oversee the cultural protocols and care of Weechi-it-te-win’s sacred items; the grandfather drum - "maango-inini", the pipes and eagle staff.   Additionally, the Council of Elders are called upon to help with spring and fall ceremonies each year.

Weechi-it-te-win’s Council of Elders are appointed by their respective First Nations.  They meet on a bi-monthly basis to provide assistance and direction.  Staff may also request special assistance for their programs and for families in need.

Although Weechi-it-te-win Family Services has a Council of Elders, there are many other elders within the ten (10) First Nations and Treaty #3 Territory that are acknowledged for their important contributions to the ongoing development of Weechi-it-te-win.

  • George Potson
  • George Simard
  • Steve Johnson
  • Gilbert Smith
  • Tommy White
  • Willy Wilson
  • Harry Windigo
  • Fred Kelly
  • Edna Morrison
  • Rose Marie Tuesday
  • Nancy Jones

And those who are no longer here physically.

  • Joseph Big George
  • Moses Tom
  • Elvis Debungee
  • Ron Geyshick
  • Louise Shebagegit
  • Jim Windego Sr.

Front Row:  Genevieve McGinnis, Rosie Boshkaykin, Catherine Kelly, Bessie Tom, Gladys Debungee,  Bessie Mainville,

Back Row:  Rose Marie Allen, Louis Councillor, Agnes Kabatay, Margaret Ottertail

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