Federal Government’s Commitment to Action for Indigenous Child and Family Services Reform
The Government of Canada is committed to the following specific actions to address the over-representation of Indigenous children and youth in care in Canada.
- Continue to fully implement the orders from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal including Jordan’s Principle, and reform First Nations child and family services including moving to a flexible funding model.
- Work with partners to shift the focus of programming to culturally-appropriate prevention, early intervention, and family reunification.
- Work with our partners to support communities to draw down jurisdiction in the area of child and family services, including exploring co-developed federal legislation.
- Participate and accelerate the work at tripartite and technical tables that are in place across the country in supporting reform.
- Support Inuit and Métis Nation leadership in their work to advance meaningful, culturally-appropriate reform of child and family services.
- Create a data strategy with provinces/territories and Indigenous partners to increase inter-jurisdictional data collection, sharing and reporting to better understand the rates and reasons for apprehension.