Devolution

Devolution

What is Devolution?

Devolution is the delegation of authority and the transfer of resources (funding) for services from the offices of Weechi-it-te-win to the Community Care Programs within each of the ten (10) First Nations.

How does Devolution work?

Weechi-it-te-win transfers designated child welfare services and funding to each of the ten (10) First Nation Community Care Programs via Consolidated Services Agreements. The agreements entail what services that the First Nation agrees to provide on behalf of Weechi-it-te-win and the expectations/responsibilities of each party. The Consolidated Service Agreement is a legal document that allows for case management decisions to be made by the community for the community.

What does Devolution do?

Devolution supports communities caring for their own through their customary ways. Devolution promotes case management, case documentation, protection and placement decisions to be made by the community and empowers the vision of community's caring for their own. However, in order for devolution to be successful there must be dual accountability and a strong partnership between Weechi-it-te-win and the First Nations. Service Agreements are negotiated and signed every 2 to 4 years.

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