Project Overview

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT), in its January 2016 decision and subsequent rulings, has found that Canada has used a discriminatory funding approach for FNCFS agencies.  Canada states it is committed to implementing these orders. 

In support of Canada’s efforts to develop an alternative system to fund First Nations child and family services, Indigenous Services Canada requires the services of a funding/technical and research expert with knowledge of Indigenous issues, and Indigenous practices with respect to data collection and Indigenous intellectual property as well as child and family services.


The purpose of this project is to develop reliable data collection, analysis and reporting methodology for analyzing the needs of First Nations Child and Family Services (FNCFS) Agencies.

The Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy (IFSD) at the University of Ottawa will provide technical expertise to analyze agency needs, will provide strategic advice on how to best monitor and respond to actual agency needs from fiscal and governance perspectives, with an approach informed by understanding, existing research, and analysis of assessments done by agencies and communities.

The IFSD will engage with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) as the project contract holder and with the National Advisory Committee on First Nations Child and Family Services (NAC) for directional and strategic support.


Project phase

Description Deadlines

Phase 1: Data collection

Agency financial, operating, capital, and governance, etc. information will be collected via the survey tool.  Agency representatives will be invited to an Ottawa-based workshop (travel and accommodation costs will be covered).

  June 15, 2018

Phase 2: Data analysis

Using the data collected from the survey, typologies of agencies will be defined. 

  September 30, 2018

Phase 3: Costing analysis

Working from the typologies of agencies, identify ranges of costs across categories such as capital, operating, governance, protection, and prevention.

  October 31, 2018

Phase 4: Final report

Align costing analysis to a defined desired future state of First Nations child welfare.

  November 2018