Our Children Our Way

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

We represent the 25 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 2024, 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

Webinar: “Funding 101” for Indigenous Child and Family Jurisdiction

News Release – Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) Territory Immediate measures available under federation legislation to support ‘An Act …

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Our Children Our Way Society Responds to RCY Report on Child Welfare Failures

News Release Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) Territory K’emk’emelay̓ (Vancouver). The Our Children Our Way Society welcomes the release of …

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OCOW Congratulates Cowichan Tribes on the signing of Snuw’uy’ulhtst tu Quw’utsun Mustimuhw u’ tu Shhw’a’luqw’a’ i’ Smun’eem

News Release Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) Territory The Our Children Our Way Society congratulates Cowichan Tribes on the signing of their …

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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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