Towards a Healthy Community: Child and Family Services

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES START WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Canada’s Bill C-92, now called An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, intends to address the overrepresentation of indigenous children in care, and the breakup of our families, communities and nations. This legislation recognizes inherent right governance and aboriginal jurisdiction outside of the Indian Act and presents an opportunity to exercise our jurisdiction, develop our own laws and take control of the delivery of child and family services. Our children must be raised within our cultures and connected to our nations. Our future depends on it. This two-day workshop will show you what you can do now  to get started. If you are interested in receiving a proposal please email us at services@fngovernnce.org.

 

What can First Nations do now?

Bill C-92, now called An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, intends to address the overrepresentation of indigenous children in care, and the breakup of our families, communities and nations. What is most notable about this legislation is that it recognizes inherent right governance and Aboriginal jurisdiction outside of the Indian Act.

Canada’s new legislation presents an opportunity to exercise our jurisdiction, develop our own laws and take control of child and family services.  

 

Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of the essential elements of the Act 
  • Learn how to use this Act to transform governance and begin healing our communities 
  • Learn what you can do now to prepare your community for this legislation 
  • Draft a work plan for getting started

Topics Covered

  • The Act’s purpose and its three principles
  • The three principles from an Indigenous perspective
  • The importance of cultural integrity 
  • Jurisdiction and Indigenous lawmaking
  • The rights holders and inherent right governance
  • An Indigenous governance body versus the Indian Act’s Chief & Council
  • Agreements with the Crown 
  • Funding
  • Resolving conflict between Indigenous laws and Crown laws
  • Getting started: What can you do now?

Who delivers the forum?

This forum is delivered by Indigenous governance experts that understand First Nation communities, history and law. All material used in the forum is grounded in our legal, academic and community-based research.

How long is the forum?

This forum is delivered over two full days.

Where are sessions held?

The forum takes place in your community or at an agreed upon location. Two facilitators travel to your location and deliver this event to as many as 100 people.

What does it cost?

The costs vary depending on the location of your First Nation. Funding may be available from various agencies.

More questions? Please contact us at services@fngovernance.org