Aboriginal Child & Family Development

Partnering with Aboriginal communities to ensure they have access to a culturally appropriate support services is critical to improving outcomes for Aboriginal children and youth.

Building Relationships

Based on the New Relationship, the Aboriginal community, provincial and federal governments, and other agencies are working together to improve government-to-government relations with First Nations.

The Recognition & Reconciliation Protocol on First Nations Child, Youth & Families (PDF, 1.6MB) outlines the commitment between the First Nations Leadership Council and the provincial government to define clear goals and actions that will help improve the well-being of First Nations children, youth and families in B.C.

Aboriginal Policy and Practice Framework

The APPF is an overarching framework intended to improve outcomes for Aboriginal children, youth, families and communities through restorative policies and practices. It applies to policy and practice involving Aboriginal children, youth and families on and off reserve regardless if they are being served by a Delegated Aboriginal Agency or the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Restorative policies and practices are culturally safe and trauma informed, supporting and honouring Aboriginal peoples’ cultural systems of caring and resiliency. The framework’s model for restorative policy and practice is Child, Youth, Family and Community-Centred; Culture-Centred; Inclusive, Collaborative and Accountable; and focused on Resilience, Wellness and Healing.

The framework was endorsed by the Delegated Aboriginal Agency Directors Forum and the Ministry in 2015.

Aboriginal Operational and Practice Standards and Indicators (AOPSI)

The AOPSI document outlines operational and practice standards required for Aboriginal delegated child and family service agencies. The standards ensure quality of service and provide a way to measure program success.

Funding & Programs

Working together has resulted in a wide range of programs and services available to Aboriginal children, teens and families, and the professionals who support them.