BIIDAAZIIWAY GAMIK | “The place that brings light”

Biidaaziiway Gamik is a unit of Sagkeeng Child and Family Services (SCFS). Sagkeeng Child and Family Services is committed to supporting the mental health and wellness needs of our children, youth, and families through evidence-based, culturally humbled, and informed therapeutic interventions.

As a unit of SCFS, Biidaaziiway Gamik supports Sagkeeng Child and Family Services’ vision to strengthen and enhance the family unit by responding to the changing needs that reflect our culturally diverse community. Our goal is to provide quality services using a preventative approach to promote self-determination.

Based on the Core Values of Sagkeeng Child and Family Services, we strive to strengthen and maintain positive mental health and healthy connections by:

  • Delivering child, youth, family, and caregiver mental wellness care with a focus on children and youth in care.
  • Supporting the needs of everyone using a wholistic approach to mental wellness: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
  • Aiming to support children, youth, families, and caregivers by delivering care through Traditional Healing and Western Mental Health Treatment.
  • Helping and supporting everyone achieve stability through active participation, in turn, successfully address safe, healthy, realistic, and manageable outcomes.

Conducting assessments in a culturally sensitive, non-threatening manner to determine ways that increase participation in services and support the achievement of agreed upon goals. The assessment also identifies any issues of special relevance to various groups such as women, emerging adults, 2SLGBTQQIA+, or young children, as appropriate.

Elders Services

The agency has incorporated the use of Elders to retain the land based knowledge, culture, traditional teachings, and language of Sagkeeng First Nation including but not limited to:

  • Sweats
  • Naming/clan ceremonies
  • Elder support for youth and family
  • Support services for programming

The Agency Elders Committee consists of volunteers who are recognized and respected Elders who reside in the community.

The Elder’s Committee meets on a quarterly basis and provides guidance to various units within the agency on an as needed basis.