Niijaansinaanik Child and Family Services expects to complete the five-stage ministerial process to become a designated Indigenous Child Welfare Agency, and be up and running, by April, according to the organization’s executive director.

Joanne Koehler said Thursday after a meeting with Jill Dunlop, Ontario’s associate minister of children and women’s issues, that although the organization will officially receive the designation April 1, a “major celebration” to mark the event won’t occur for a few weeks after that.

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