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.

  1. 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.
  2. Work with partners to shift the focus of programming to culturally-appropriate prevention, early intervention, and family reunification.
  3. 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.
  4. Participate and accelerate the work at tripartite and technical tables that are in place across the country in supporting reform.
  5. Support Inuit and Métis Nation leadership in their work to advance meaningful, culturally-appropriate reform of child and family services.
  6. 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.

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