First Nations Family Advocate Office
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs officially opened the Manitoba First Nations Family Advocate Office (FNFAO) on June 1st, 2015. The office opened in ceremony, where the office was gifted the name “Abinoojiyak Bigiiwewag” which translates to “Our Children are Coming Home.”
The need for an advocacy office was determined through community consultation, where the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs hosted community engagement events in Winnipeg and Thompson, Manitoba. Hundreds of First Nations community members attended the events in May 2014, where First Nations people shared the atrocities and challenges that were imposed on individuals, their families and communities.
The First Nation Family Advocate Office is an added mechanism to implement the recommendations of the Bringing Our Children Home Report and ensure that support is offered to children and families.
Since opening the doors, the FNFAO has completed intake for over 300 families who are fighting to have their children returned to their homes or home communities. More families, parents and grandparents continually seek the services of the FNFAO and demand for services are continually growing.
200-275 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B2B3
204-987-4592 (main line)
1-855.996.9989 (toll free)