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Social Navigator Initiative


Are you or someone you care about going through a difficult time? Are you seeing behaviour changes that are worrisome? Has there been recent negative contact with the Police, Child Welfare, or the Justice System? Have you thought “if someone doesn’t do something soon, things are going to get worse…but where can I/we find the help?”

The UCCM Anishnaabe Police Services’ Social Navigator Initiative (SNI) is here to connect and support at-risk individuals or repeat offenders in finding and connecting with appropriate services. Our goal is to help using early intervention and outreach via the Police service and in collaboration with our partners.

We are here to help.

The Social Navigator can:

  • Conduct screening, initial assessment, referral and case management services
  • Be a point of contact and communication for entry/re-entry into the program
  • Work with community partners
  • Provide outreach services to adults and youth who are recognized within the Police Service
  • Participate in the creation of care or intervention plans for individuals, families, or groups along with community partners
  • Coordinate and liaise with community services
  • Provide consultation services for those addressing complex needs
  • Facilitate, plan and organize working groups to address community safety and crime prevention
  • Provide psycho-social supports to individuals and their families

For more information or to mobilize services contact our Office at 705-377-7135 and ask for the Social Navigator.

What is “Acutely Elevated Risk”?

A major component of the Social Navigator Initiative is to engage the public in proactive preventative services in partnership with the communities in our service area.

If you are looking for information or are interested in hosting a workshop, information session, learning series or informal drop in give us a call. We can and will tailor the information to a specific audience if necessary.

Some topics we cover:
1) Violence Prevention – 3 part series focused on Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence and Lateral Violence.
2) Healthy Relationships
3) Bullying and Cyberbullying
4) Addiction and Substance Abuse
5) Drug Awareness
6) Parenting
7) Community Safety and Crime Prevention
8) Mental Health
9) School and Community Based Lifeskills at high school and post-secondary schools.
10) Prescription medication safety
11) Cultural Programs
12) Community Fun Days
13) Career Fairs
14) Community campaigns (NAAW, MIAW, Police Week etc)

The UCCM Anishnaabe Police realizes the importance of community networks and is actively involved in the following networks on Mnidoo Mnising.

1) Mnidoo Mnising Youth Providers Network
2) Manitoulin Addictions and Mental Health Network
3) Mental Health and Justice Sub-committee
4) Suicide Prevention Working Group
5) Mnidoo Mnising Domestic Violence Prevention Coalition
6) Manitoulin Drug Strategy/Harm Reduction Group
7) Anti-Human Trafficking Working Group

Networks are established to create a space where collaborative planning and implementation of new projects for specific target audiences or user groups can occur. It allows Officers and Civilian Staff to share community safety expertise in a variety of areas.

In addition to local networks, we proudly represent Anishnaabek Community Policing regionally and provincially as well.

Maamwi Naadamadaa is a multi-sector senior executive team.

Executives of UCCMM Affiliate agencies & Communities meet on a monthly basis to ensure that partners are maximizing resource outputs, eliminating silo’s, and addressing systemic barriers in order to provide the best services possible to UCCMM members.

Maamwi Naadamadaa was established in 2009 with the support of the UCCMM Board of Directors.

When translated, Maamwi Naadamadaa means “Let’s work together”.

Members include:
United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising Tribal Council
P.O. Box 275
M’Chigeeng, ON P0P 1GO

Noojmowin Teg Health Access Centre
Hwy 540, 48 Hillside Road, Aundeck Omni Kaning
Postal Bag 2002, Little Current, ON P0P 1K0

Mnaamodzawin Health Services
Hwy 540, 48 Hillside Road, Aundeck Omni Kaning
Postal Bag 2002, Little Current, ON P0P 1K0

M’Chigeeng Health Services
689 A Hwy. 551, PO Box 308
M’Chigeeng, ON P0P 1G0

Raising the Spirit Mental Wellness Team
41 B Bay Street, PO Box 375
M’Chigeeng, ON P0P 1G0

Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute
PO Box 328
M’Chigeeng, ON P0P 1G0

Mnidoo Mnising Employment and Training
6947 Hwy 6 S
Birch Island, ON P0P 1A0

Kina Gbezhgomi Child and Family Services
98 Pottawatomi Ave,
Wikwemikong, Ontario POP 2J0

UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service
5926 Hwy. 540, PO Box 332
M’Chigeeng, ON P0P 1G0

Ojibwe Cultural Foundation and Gimaa Radio
PO Box 278
M’Chigeeng, ON P0P 1G0

Aundeck Omni Kaning
Whitefish River

The UCCM Social Navigator is responsible for the ongoing coordination of Maamwi Naadamadaa.

Gchi Mino Naadmaadwin Teg describes the ultimate level of services based on the integration of human services sectors to proactively respond to situations requiring coordinated action.

What this means is: As a team, we are prepared to offer assistance to individuals, families or groups before situations reach a crisis point.

The focus is to engage with those who are struggling and not likely to reach out and ask for help. Gchi Mino Naadmaadwin Teg when aware of a need will reach out and offer the supports through the rapid mobilization of services and outreach.

Gchi Mino Naadmaadwin Teg Circles are weekly discussions for human services providers, following traditional circle protocol, guided by the 7 grandfather teachings and modelled on Clan governance structure.

Situations of Gchi Mino Naadmaadwdin Teg are screened according to Acutely Elevated Risk (AER). Representatives of Maamwi Naadamadaa adopted the following definition of AER:
• Situation/s affecting an individual, family, group or place where circumstances indicate a high probability of imminent risk and significant harm to self or others.
• The acute nature of these situations is an indicator that circumstances, cutting across multiple human service disciplines, have accumulated to the point where a crisis is imminent or new circumstances have contributed to severely increased threats of harm to self or others.
• The motivation to intervene by reaching out and offering help to the individual/family/community prior to gaining consent in some cases supercedes the need for privacy in cases where imminent risk is perceived.

The ultimate goal is to offer support BEFORE situations reach a crisis point.

Considering the seven grandfathers are sacred gifts given to Anishnaabek to be used for guidance in all we do – these are the foundational principles and cultural standards from which we proceed with information sharing. These values and principles provide broad direction for participating and sharing information as part of the Gchi Mino Naadmaadwin Teg discussions, within the scope of:
• Need to know
• Timely, coordinated and collaborative response
• Responsible recording and use of data
Where possible consent will be obtained from the individual or family however in some circumstances this may not be practical where level of risk dictates action is necessary.

Sector and Community involvement
Gchi Mino Naadmaadwin Teg is the result of an integration strategy of Maamwi Naadamadaa.

For more information, contact Gchi Mino Naadmaadwin Teg coordinator at UCCM Anishnaabe Police Services Social Navigator Initiative at 705-377-7135

Gchi Mino Naadmaadwin Teg is a service offered through the collaborative of Maamwi Naadamadaa.

Gchi Mino Naadmaadwin Teg is coordinated through the UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service Social Navigator Initiative which is funded by Public Safety Canada and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

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