Cultural Coordinator

The Cultural Coordinator is a primary resource to Weechi-it-te-win and community care staff to enhance and promote our bi-cultural practice model.  The Cultural Coordinator works to ensure that Anishinaabe healing services are available and accessible for families. 

The Cultural Coordinator is responsible for the care of Weechi-it-te-win’s sacred items and supports the enhancement of a strong cultural identity of Weechi-it-te-win, its’ workers, CCP Programs, children and families though regularly scheduled cultural events. 

The Cultural Coordinator is also responsible for coordinating the Council of Elders who meet every 2nd month.  All staff and CCP Teams are able to access the wisdom and guidance of the elders through these meetings.

Weechi-it-te-win Family Services subscribes to a cultural competence model of service delivery. This model affirms the vitality and validity of Anishinaabe culture in caring for children and in providing child welfare and children’s mental health services. As an Agency committed to the principles of cultural competence, Weechi-it-te-win respects the cultural values and traditions of its clients and endeavors to access cultural resources to assist individuals and families. As more of our people rediscover their heritage and as the Anishinaabe culture continues to revitalize, there is a growing expectation that cultural healing services must be integral to Weechi-it-te-win Family Services and be as accessible as those contemporary healing methods that presently predominate.

Weechi-it-te-win recognizes that the Anishinaabe people exist in a bicultural environment and that cultural change processes have impacted most areas of our lives and relationships. In our efforts to provide culturally competent services, we have had to take account of the influences of the larger society and the extent of acculturation among our people. Elders and Native Healers are sought out to help people deal with problems and to find balance in their lives. Traditional gatherings and ceremonies remain important supports that allow individuals to heal themselves and experience a sense of belonging and identity within their culture and community.

The cultural coordinator is responsible for all the cultural activities of Weechi-it-te-win Family Services.  This would include the spring and fall ceremonies; the coordination of cultural healing services for our children, families, and communities; as well as being responsible for the sacred items belonging to the agency. 

The cultural coordinator works closely with the Weechi-it-te-win Family Services Council of Elders to ensure the mandate of preserving cultural identity for all children and families is incorporated into all aspects of services.  The cultural coordinator is guided by the concepts involved in Nanadamoowin or the Aboriginal Healing Policy.

Spring and Fall Ceremonies

Weechi-it-te-win Family Services holds annual spring and fall ceremonies to honor our sacred items.  Weechi-it-te-win honors our drum, our pipes, our eagle staff, our sacred feathers, our sacred medicines, the Sweatlodge and Thunderbird Tree.  The Spring and  fall ceremonies are a time to gather together to celebrate our accomplishments and give sacred offerings to the spiritual guardians of Weechi-it-te-win.  It is a time of ceremony, a time of honoring, a time of feasting, and a time for all to come together and celebrate the sacred gifts given to Weechi-it-te-win on behalf of the children.

Weechi-it-te-win Family Services invites you to our ceremonies, to come and honor each other.  The spring ceremonies are help when the leave are budding, usually during the middle of May.  Fall ceremonies are held during the time when the leaves are sparse on trees and before the first snow falls.  Our Council of Elders is vital to the teaching we receive at these sacred events and we again invite you to come and share in the gifts of the Elders. 

For further information on the spring and fall ceremonies contact:

Dwayne Johnson
Cultural Coordinator
Weechi-it-te-win Family Services
P.O. Box 812 
Fort Frances, Ontario
P9A 2N1
807-274-3201
800-465-2911 toll free
807-274-8435 fax

We share the following songs on our website to bring healing and peace “Ogichidaa n’digo Anishinaabe” is the song given to the Cultural Coordinator of Weechi-it-te-win Family Services.

The second song is an honor song for the children, this song is rendered at our traditional drum “mango-inini” at all ceremonies.

Previous WFS Cultural Coordinators Steve Johnson and George Potson