Indigenous Child & Family Development
All 203 First Nations and the seven agencies that serve Métis people in B.C. were invited to apply for up to $30,000 in family support funding for their community’s prevention and family-support needs, outlining how the funding can help address those needs and improve Indigenous child welfare across B.C.
Over 159 applications have been approved so far.
First Nations and agencies may use the funding towards a variety of programs or services, including:
- Supporting parents from rural communities who may benefit from transportation assistance to court or counselling;
- Hiring a family-support worker to help guide parents through the child-welfare process;
- Working with an Elder to teach parenting skills from a traditional point of view;
- Strengthening traditional Indigenous skills within families, such as fishing, hunting or storytelling; or
- Pooling the funding to work with other communities on a new or existing program or service.
In total, First Nations and Métis-serving agencies will share $6.4 million to help keep Indigenous families together and improve outcomes for children and youth in 2017/18.
Based on the New Relationship, the Indigenous 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 Indigenous children, youth, families and communities through restorative policies and practices. It applies to policy and practice involving Indigenous children, youth and families on and off reserve regardless if they are being served by a Delegated IndigenousAgency or the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Restorative policies and practices are culturally safe and trauma informed, supporting and honouring Indigenous 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 Indigenous 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 Indigenous children, teens and families, and the professionals who support them.