The Oneesh Tam Key Award
Published 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Each year Tikinagan presents an award at our Annual Chiefs Assembly for leadership in Indigenous child welfare. The Oneesh Tam Key award honours people or organizations who have made outstanding contributions to Tikinagan's progress. Translated, Oneesh Tam Key means "someone who sits at the front of a canoe guiding the direction". This year Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services (KRRDCFS) was selected to receive the award in recognition of its agency's longstanding collaboration with Tikinagan, and KRRDCFS recognition that First Nation families in the district are best served by First Nations agencies.
Tikinagan looks forward to the opportunity to honour the leadership KRRDCFS has shown - not just KRRDCFS recognition of First Nation jurisdiction over their children with words, but with action by providing authority to Tikinagan to provide child welfare services to members of our First Nations in the district. KRRDCFS has acknowledged that Indigenous CASs serving specific First Nations would have the closer connections with the extended family, the community, the First Nation leadership and the specific First Nation culture so that the best interests of the children can be served as well as best supporting the well-being of the family as a whole.