In early 2007, the leadership of Chapleau Cree First Nation (CCFN) identified the need to come up with new ways to advance community objectives.
Chief and Council noted that efforts to date were not producing the desired results. The community leadership recognized that significant change would need to take place both within and outside of the community. Specifically, it was recognized that the governments of Canada and Ontario were not living up to their constitutional, fiduciary and court instructed responsibilities towards First Nations and this was adversely affecting community progress.
The need to investigate the impact that Christian values have had on the cultural and spiritual well-being of community members was also identified, a fair observation particularly in light of the current focus on the effects caused by the residential school system.