CWP Training Wraps up in December

Posted: December 19th, 2017

A group of 13 Tikinagan employees, joined by three employees from Kenora Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services (KRRCFS), completed the Child Welfare Pathway (CWP) training series this December.

The training began in August and ran bi-weekly until early December, wrapping up with an end of year dinner and exams in mid-December.

The CWP training series is part of a process to authorize new child protection workers. The purpose of authorization is to standardize and enhance the delivery of child protection services, so that every family in Ontario can expect the same service. It covers areas like legal framework, child development, intake and investigation, and self-care. While Tikinagan rarely involves the court system and operates under its unique service model (Mamow Obiki-ahwahsoowin), the agency is mandated to provide this training so that employees are familiar with provincial standards and leave the series as provincially-authorized child protection workers.

“We follow the program and ensure employees understand the standards set out by the government of Ontario, but we try to shape the series and ensure Mamow and key concepts like customary care and case conferencing are understood, especially during discussions,” explains Rodney Howe, Training Service Manager who is also a co-trainer for the series.

Joining Howe as co-trainer was Debbie Michaud from KRRCFS who has worked alongside Howe before and will continue to join him in providing training in the next series being offered in the new year. Tikinagan typically offers two series each year, to ensure new staff obtain their authorization within six months of employment.

The 13 Tikinagan employees are all fairly new frontline staff and came from throughout our service area to Sioux Lookout every two weeks for two-day sessions over a period of 16 weeks. It involved over 150 hours of learning while employees continued to learn on the job.

“I learned a lot from it, a lot of stuff I didn’t know. So it was good,” said Chelsea Head, Family Services Worker, from Aroland First Nation, who began working for Tikinagan in June 2017.

“I think it was really good,” said Alice Suggashie, Direct Services Supervisor in Poplar Hill First Nation. Suggashie explained that the whole process was a bit challenging due to internet connectivity in her community, but added that Tikinagan has supported her immensely by bringing her to Red Lake often to work on her training and get access to a computer when needed.

“This was one of the largest groups we’ve had and we’re so proud of them for their dedication and hard work,” notes Howe. “We’re also very grateful for the hard work that the training unit puts into this training, and all training provided throughout the year. They not only keep things running smoothly but are always positive and supportive to the trainees. Their hard work does not go unnoticed, and I want to take this opportunity to thank them on behalf of the trainers and trainees.”


The Tikinagan participants in this series were: Joanne Bacon, Jody Belisle, Jeffrey Bursey, Paul Damsma, Chelsea Head, Angela Kakekagumick, Robert Kelly, Illa Meekis, Mary Meekis, Damanjit Singh, Alice Suggashie and Melenie Zatorsky. They were joined by KRRCFS staff Landon Campbell, Victoria King and Katie Suprovich.