Council of Elders

Council of Elders

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.

Weechi-it-te-win Elders Council

Rosie Boshkaykin - Seine River First Nation

Margaret Ottertail - Lac La Croix First Nation

Don Jones and Nancy Jones - Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation

Valerie Norris - Couchiching First Nation

Agnes Kabatay - Mitaanjigamiing First Nation

Louis Councillor- Naicatchewenin First Nation

Bev Wilson - Rainy River First Nations

Bessie Tom - Big Grassy First Nation

Patrick Handorgan- Anishinaabe of Naongashiing

Elders Gathering July 2022- Rainy Lake

Elders(from left): Agnes Kabatay, Margaret Ottertail, Valerie Norris, Patrick Handorgan and Bev Wilson. Missing are Rosie Boshkaykin, Louis Councillor, Bessie Tom and Rose Marie Allan.

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