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Bill C-92: An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Metis children, youth and families, is the first federal legislation on the subject of Indigenous Child and Family Services [CFS].
The Act is the first statute to recognize inherent Indigenous jurisdiction over CFS as an Aboriginal (S. 35) right in Canada. In addition, as called for in the TRC Final Report, the statute establishes national minimal standards for CFS delivery for all Indigenous children and families. This includes First Nation, ‘non-status,’ Métis, and Inuit children, living on or off reserve.
Despite the law being in force January 1, 2020, there has been very little education for social workers and service providers. Wahkohtowin Lodge has created a compliance guide along with some helpful hints to support you in connecting with Indigenous children, families and communities.
Learn how to build on your current strengths and wisdoms to achieve the best interest of the Indigenous child.