Our Children Our Way

Welcome to the Indigenous Child and Family Services Directors Our Children Our Way Society.

We represent the 24 Indigenous Child and Family Service Agencies in British Columbia. We work to ensure that the best interests of Indigenous children are being met. We advocate for systemic changes to policy, practice, legislation and funding. We address issues that have a province-wide impact, with a view to providing a collective, First Nations voice.

In 2023, historic changes in Indigenous child welfare are underway

Our Nations are creating and breathing life into their own child & family laws. Indigenous rights are now enshrined in provincial legislation. The Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations negotiated a final settlement to end Canada’s discrimination against First Nations children. We are building better futures for our children, grounded in our own ways and in our Nations’ inherent rights.

Recent News

Practice Differently with Carrier Sekani Services

Join Carrier Sekani Family Services, a leading Indigenous health and social services provider. Visit www.PracticeDifferently.ca to learn how you can become …

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NICFS announces Sherrie Haldane as new Executive Director

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we introduce you to NIFCS’ new Executive Director, Sherrie Haldane as of September 5, 2023. Sherrie comes …

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Jennifer Chuckry appointed OCOW Society Secretariat Executive Director

News Release Squamish Nation Territory. The Indigenous Child and Family Services Directors Our Children Our Way Society is thrilled to announce the …

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Indigenous jurisdiction

For millennia, Indigenous Peoples have governed our Nations and overseen the welfare of our children and families. The Canadian legal system has acknowledged that Indigenous governments have the authority to exercise jurisdiction.

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