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Executive Summary

Wahkotowin Child and Family Services Inc. began delivering child welfare services in September 2005. Wahkotowin CF provides services to children and family members of James Smith, Peter Chapman and Chakastaypaysin First Nations. James Smith is unique within their political structure as this community has three Chiefs and has memberships within the three bands living within that community.

The agency has completed a three-year evaluation,a sixth year evaluation. The ninth year evaluation had just been completed. So from the recent evaluation, some of the recommendations that came forth will be in incorporated in the business plan. The agency has had numerous file reviews and continues to implement the recommendations that were presented. The agency has hosted numerous Elders gatherings, and the agency strives in maintaining a close relationship for their support and knowledge. The agency believes that the children from the community have a right to live a healthy holistic lifestyle that is grounded with their culture and traditions.

Guided by our Elders, we will continue to work to ensure that the best interests of all children are paramount and recognized and protected. From the Elders teachings, we live with the knowledge that "OUR CHILDREN ARE GIFTS FROM THE CREATOR" and we must stand together to ensure they are raised in a safe and nurturing environment. It is the agencies understanding that it takes a community to raise a child, thus, parents, guardians and the community must be involved.