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 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

Honouring our 2SLGBTQ+ relatives on International Transphobia, Homophobia, and Biphobia Awareness Day

Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) Territory The Our Children Our Way Society (OCOW) celebrates our two-spirit, trans, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and …

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Celebrating Jordan River Anderson on Bear Witness Day

Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) Territory On May 10th, the Our Children Our Way Society, alongside our friends, relatives, and colleagues, came …

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Invitation to watch Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger on May 10 at 10:00am PDT

It took one little boy, Jordan River Anderson, to ensure that thousands of First Nations and Inuit children can today receive the same standard of social, …

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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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