The Creator has entrusted us with the sacred responsibility for protecting our children, developing and sustaining strong families, and building healthy communities. The future of our communities is our children who need to be nurtured within their families and communities.
Tikinagan Child and Family Services was created by the Chiefs of Nishnawbe-Aski Nation to strengthen our children, our families, and our communities. Community responsibility for child protection is an essential aspect of Native self-government.
Reporting a Concern
If you are reporting suspected child abuse or neglect, or requesting a service Tikinagan provides, phone 1-800-465-3624.
We have coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week here at Tikinagan. All calls are confidential.
Duty to Report
We have a moral obligation to protect our children from harm, so that they can live in safety and grow up to become our community's leaders.
Every adult in Ontario has a legal obligation to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect to a Children's Aid Society. Tikinagan Child and Family Services is the Children's Aid Society for First Nations children in our catchment area (see Our Communities), so if you know or suspect that a child is being abused, call us right away at 1-800-465-3624, 24-hours a day.
We're always available to talk about your concerns, and the information you give us, including your identity, will remain confidential whenever possible.
You don't need to be sure!
If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, call us. It is our job to investigate.
What does "in need of protection" mean?
The Child and Family Services Act of Ontario (CFSA) describes when a child is in need of protection. This includes if he or she:
- is left alone, is uncared for or is neglected
- has been abused or is likely to be abused
- sees violence between adults in the home
Please visit the CFSA website for more information.
How does Tikinagan get involved with families?
Tikinagan gets involved with families after a referral has been made to the agency.
Referrals can come from a family themselves, or a friend or neighbor.
Professionals who work with and provide services for children and families (ie: police officers, teachers, doctors, social workers, day care workers, religious leaders) have a duty to report and must contact Tikinagan Child and Family Services, or the CAS in their region, if they are concerned for the well-being of a child and/or the family.
Tikinagan always works with the First Nation's leadership and each family to protect children and help families create and sustain a healthy and safe home environment. Tikinagan works within the Mamow Obiki-ahwahsoowin service model.