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A First Nations Child and Family Services Agency (FNCFS)

Monthly Updates

Complete the FNCFS questionnaire HERE
 

May 2022


First Nations Child and Family Services (FNCFS) Project

IFSD is writing to share its second monthly update on First Nations child and family services (FNCFS) reform (updates will continue monthly). Feel free to share this update with colleagues or invite them to join our mailing list .

There are 56 First Nations that have declared their intent to exercise jurisdiction or are engaged in the process.  There are other First Nations that are preparing for or contemplating the exercise of jurisdiction in child and family services.

IFSD is grateful to the First Nations/bands that volunteered to serve as collaborators in this project. We look forward to working together. 

In the June update, the characteristics and/or names (collaborators’ choice) of the collaborating First Nations/Bands will be announced.

The work and experiences of the collaborating First Nations will be helpful in charting a course forward in navigating the exercise of jurisdiction. 

Questions? Contact Dr. Helaina Gaspard (helaina.gaspard@ifsd.ca | (613) 983-8461).


April 2022


First Nations Child and Family Services (FNCFS) Project

IFSD is writing to share its first monthly update on First Nations child and family services (FNCFS) reform (updates will continue monthly). Feel free to share this update with colleagues or invite them to join our mailing list.

In January 2022, after years at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT), the parties came to an agreement in principle (AIP).
 
As the parties continue to negotiate a final agreement, there is an opportunity to shape the reform of the First Nations child and family services (FNCFS) system to focus on well-being.
 
IFSD is working with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), the Caring Society, and the National Advisory Committee (NAC) to provide research support and analysis for long-term reform.
 

We need your perspective to get this right. 

 
This work is about building First Nation-based delivery models that transform organizational strategy, people, process, and systems.  It is intended to build capacity and an enhanced bottom-up planning framework, while building confidence among stakeholders.
 
IFSD is seeking 10 First Nations exercising or moving to exercise jurisdiction to volunteer to serve as in-depth collaborators to model and simulate a well-being focused funding approach.  This work is expected to be a 1.5-year commitment.
 
If your First Nation is interested in serving as a volunteer, contact Dr. Helaina Gaspard (helaina.gaspard@ifsd.ca | (613) 983-8461) before May 13, 2022.  IFSD will be working to balance various characteristics, e.g., region, geography, size of the population served, etc.  We are very open to volunteers but will not be able to accept all volunteers (as much as we would like to).  Resources are available to help defray the costs of participation.
 
Any data shared will only be used for the purposes of this project. Participants can withdraw at any time and any data they shared will be destroyed.  Learn more about IFSD’s privacy and data management practices here.
 
Questions? Contact Dr. Helaina Gaspard (helaina.gaspard@ifsd.ca | (613) 983-8461).