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.
FNLC and Our Children Our Way Society acknowledge National Child Day – a day to celebrate and uphold the rights of all children!
(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) / Vancouver, B.C.) – On November 20th, the First Nations Leadership …Read More
Our Children Our Way Society welcomes the Representative for Children & Youth’s follow-up report on services for children and youth with disabilities
Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) Territory The Our Children Our Way Society welcomes the Representative for Children & Youth’s follow-up report …Read More
Our Children Our Way Society welcomes Federal Court decision
The Our Children Our Way Society welcomes the Federal Court decision to approve the Final Settlement Agreement on Compensation for First Nations children …Read More
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.