The Memengoo Program

offers supports for youth transitioning or already exited from the care of SECFS, who are at risk of homelessness.  Memengoo is a culturally appropriate program, that works with youth based on their needs and strengths.  We are here to work with the youth!

Our objectives are:

To provide culturally appropriate housing and homelessness prevention supports to Indigenous youth ages 15-25 in and from the care of CFS.
To provide culturally appropriate case-management and support services to youth, including one-on-one support, referrals, and advocacy, preparing youth for a successful transition from CFS care by increasing life skills and competencies.
To provide programming that is holistic and culturally appropriate, that supports youth to develop the skills needed to transition to independent living and supports them to understand who they are as Indigenous peoples.
To support all youth in the Memengoo program to develop a sense of belonging, independence, mastery, and generosity.

“Memengoo is the Anishinaabe word for butterfly.  Butterfly survives a metamorphosis through cycles of nurturance and protection, supporting their ability to develop skills and strength, resulting in the ability to spread their wings and fly.  This program is designed to support youth as they transition into adulthood, nurturing their special gifts and talents while supporting them to learn life skills.”

Brandy Kowal
Memengoo Program
(204) 924-6054

Therapeutic Foster Care Program

The Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) Program provides structured and caring homes for youth from the Southeast First Nations, who are currently in the care of Southeast Child and Family Services. Youth in this program are gifted and resilient, and the TFC program aims to support wellness, positive inter/intrapersonal growth and life-skill development

The TFC Program works with therapeutic Foster Parents to deliver comprehensive supports in a structured, loving and nurturing home environment. The homes are supported by select support workers who build meaningful connections, provide positive role-modelling and participate in activities and program opportunities alongside the youth. Program Coordinators support youth in achieving goals and life skills.

Treatment Goal-Setting/Life-Skill Meeting

Through collaboration with the youth, caregivers and supports, TFC Program Coordinators utilize a child-centered approach to facilitate the development of treatment/life-skill goals. These meetings are guided by a medicine-wheel framework. Caregivers and Program Staff work with the youth to support the achievement goals, through ongoing support and follow up treatment/life-skill goal meetings.

Identity and Belonging

In recognition of each child’s identity and belonging, TFC Foster Parents support biological families and communities through an inclusive approach guided by Indigenous values and based on the best interests of the child. Foster Parents in this program recognize the inherent connections between youth and their families, and their communities.

Shawenim Abinoojii seeks out foster parents with shared history, identity and experiences as the youth. This approach is guided by empathy and understanding, and supports stronger connection and understanding between youth and caregiver.

The Shawenim Abinoojii Therapeutic Foster Care Program honours and respects the opportunity to support and guide youth through this important part of their life journey.


Alana Garcia
Therapeutic Foster Care
(204) 924-6117

Support Worker Program

Shawenim Abinoojii. Inc. Support Worker Program’s (“SASWP”) mission is to provide coordinated support services to First Nation children, youth and families. SASWP continues to promote cultural and recreational programs that empower and enhance the lives of First Nation children, youth and families.

SASWP was developed to provide comprehensive support services to children, youth and families residing on or off reserve.  SASWP provides the support services for family visits, family enhancement, mentoring and emergency services.

A Support Worker provides one-time or on-going services to children and their families for family visit referrals. The Support Worker may be responsible solely for, or a combination of the following: transporting and/or escorting children and possibly their family members, providing periodic check-ins or providing constant supervision during family visits. Family visits may take place in a family home, foster placement, a hotel, an office’s visiting room, in a community, or any other designated location.

The Support Worker provides preventative strategies and education that strengthens family functioning for family enhancement assignments.  This type of referral is to prevent children from entering into an Agency’s care. The Support Worker will not enable families but assist families to obtain skills needed to have a successful home environment. The Support Worker is to establish an objective and caring relationship with families and children.

Mentoring takes place when a Support Worker spends individualized time with a child or youth. The Support Worker is a positive role model the child or youth, facilitates activities, and assists the child or youth in achieving goals.

A Support Worker may provide emergency services for various reasons. These services are required immediately and generally given less than 24 hours’ notice.


Scott Barchuk,
Support Worker Program

(204) 924-6052

Community Specialized Homes

Community based foster placements program was initiated by Southeast Child and Family Services in response to reducing the number of children from south east affiliated communities whom were in care and were being placed in Winnipeg due to the lack of placements in their own communities. This program aims to have children remain in their home communities while in care.

This also allows community members the opportunity to develop and/or use their skills to provide care in these homes. Most importantly, community based homes allows for community connection, ongoing relationships with their immediate and extended family, retention of language, culture, practices and the child is less traumatized by their care in the child welfare system


Dennis Boulanger,
Community Specialized Homes

(204) 924-6051

Shauna Natrasony,
Community Specialized Homes

(204) 924-6111