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Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies

"In 1984, leaders from the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) signed an agreement with the Ministry of Community and Social Services to transfer services from the Kenora CAS to a new Aboriginal agency..." (p.21)  Since that time there have been some native child welfare agencies designated by the Ministry. 

In 2001, changes to investigation procedures within the Child and Family Services Act further impacted native children. While the intention was good, the changes to the system actually led to more children being taken into care. The reasons for this are that the system in which it operates is based on systems foreign to the collective traditional organization of Indigenous families. In addition, the training material for care workers is often created by non-native people. To not consult with Indigenous experts, not to point fingers at anyone in particular, leads to a systemic problem which has long-lasting effects on the native communities and families that the Child and Family Services system is designed to serve. Despite prioritizing Native Child and Family Services agencies, the system and the training material is still foreign.
Furthermore, without proper cultural context and teachings IK cannot be used successfully by non-natives due to the cultural misunderstandings that arise.

Links to research of increasing number of children in care is provided here and the systemic causes.

http://www.fncaringsociety.com/sites/default/files/docs/ANCFSAO-Final-Report-Nov2009.pdf

reference: http://www.sustainingchildwelfare.ca/assets/Aboriginal-Child-Welfare-in-Ontario-Discussion-Paper-July-2011.pdf

Signed,

Linda Nothing-Heni

This petition closed about 1 year ago

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We are requesting that all training material to be used for Native family intervention and child protection is taught and created by Native people.  We are also strongly requesting that only...

We are requesting that all training material to be used for Native family intervention and child protection is taught and created by Native people.  We are also strongly requesting that only native people be allowed to provide training in any area pertaining to Native families, this means facilitating meetings, deciding on material, creating material and all matter involving material pertaining to Part 10 of the CFSA.  This is crucial in order to prevent the extreme numbers of children in care. This will not increase  risk but decrease risk to children. 

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