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Swan Lake First Nation
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The First Nations of Southern Manitoba Child and Family Services Authority (Southern Network) was established under The Child and Family Services Authorities Act (CFSAA), proclaimed in November 2003. The Southern Network operates under the name Southern First Nations Network of Care.

The organization was incorporated in April 2002. Prior to the proclamation of the legislation, the organization focused on completing the developmental tasks required to assume the responsibilities under the legislation. An interim Board, made up of the southern First Nation CFS Agency Directors, guided this work. The permanent Board was established upon proclamation.

The Child and Family Services Authorities Act is a key outcome of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry-Child Welfare Initiative (AJI-CWI). This initiative began with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in April 2000. The AJI-CWI undertook a major restructuring of the Child and Family Services System in Manitoba. The four CFS Authorities represents a key feature of this system.

There were seven existing southern First Nation CFS Agencies, providing services to 36 First Nations, that came under the Southern Authority at the time of proclamation: Anishinaabe Child and Family Services (ACFS), Dakota Ojibway Child and Family Services (DOCFS), Intertribal Child and Family Services (ICFS), Peguis Child and Family Services, Sagkeeng Child and Family Services, Southeast Child and Family Services (SECFS), and West Region Child and Family Services (WRCFS).

An eighth agency, Animikii Ozoson, was mandated by the Southern Network in October 2005. This agency provides services primarily to Ontario First Nations members who live in the City of Winnipeg. Animikii Ozoson is also the agency that accepts cases of families in Winnipeg who choose the Southern Network but who are not connected to the southern First Nations.

In February 2007, the Winnipeg joint intake agency, known as the Child and Family All Nations Coordinated Response Network (ANCR) was mandated by the Southern Network. The tenth agency, Sandy Bay Child and Family Services Agency, was mandated September 1, 2007. Prior to this, Sandy Bay received child and family services through DOCFS.

For more information on the AJI-CWI initiative, go to:
www.aji-cwi.mb.ca

To view the Child and Family Services Authorities Act, go to:
http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/ccsm/c090e.php