Administration.

Vision:
The Southern First Nations Secretariat’s commitment is to bridge programs and services based on common interests and needs achieved through collaborative relationships and partnerships.

Mission:
The Southern First Nations Secretariat is a transparent, consistent, and resourceful organization which is entrusted to address gaps identified by its member First Nations. SFNS efficiently delivers quality programs and services for enriched communities while respecting the diversity of our culture, our values, and our traditions.

Guiding Principles:
Southern First Nations Secretariat is an organization that respects equality and diversity in the services it provides. At SFNS we strive for excellence in all that we do and are accountable to those we serve.

Our History

Presently in Delaware Nation, near the village of Bothwell, in southwestern Ontario, where Austin Line crosses Littlejohn Road, sits the home of the London District Chiefs Council’s administrative arm; the Southern First Nations Secretariat (SFNS). The history of Southern First Nations Secretariat includes the following:

1989 In response to the relocation of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, from London, Ontario to Brantford, Ontario; the London District Chiefs Council noted that post-secondary students found it almost impossible to manage the time and money to travel to the new location for counselling and other related services. Thus, the London District Chiefs Council established a small post-secondary education unit in London.

1992 In January, the London District Chiefs Council began to think about establishing a Tribal Council to operate as the service delivery arm of the Council. By November, the Southern First Nations Secretariat was born with its home at the corner of Queens Avenue and Williams Street in London, Ontario.

1993 In December, the First Nations Post-Secondary Counselling Unit (FNPSCU) was transferred to the Southern First Nations Secretariat where it joined the following programs; Economic Development, Technical Services and a Housing Inspection Unit.

1995 Following negotiations with the Government of Canada, the Southern First Nations Secretariat successfully launched the Indigenous Education Coalition to deliver second level of education services to member communities as well as some Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI) First Nations.

1996 Southern First Nations Secretariat coordinated the emergence of the Nimkee NupiGawagan Healing Centre and by 2000, the centre was located on the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. By December, Southern First Nations Secretariat assumed responsibility for an Aboriginal Human Resources Regionalized Bilateral Agreement with Canada.

1998 An Economic Renewal Secretariat was formed and in the same year, Southern First Nations Secretariat assumed responsibility for the Ontario Aboriginal Economic Development Partnership program with the Ontario Native Affairs Secretariat.

2000 The Access Centre for Native Business emerged.

2002 The For-Profit Corporation was formed to pursue economic opportunities for member communities.

2006 Mnaasged Child and Family Services was launched.

Since 2006, the Southern First Nations Secretariat has hosted a number of special conferences and gatherings including an annual Elders gathering; and a youth gathering from which emerged youth focused programs. The Southern First Nations Secretariat has actively supported fundraising partnerships throughout the years as well, most notably, the Terry Henry First Nations Memorial Fund and the Ted Nolan Annual Gold Tournament.