Squamish Nation Territory. The Indigenous Child & Family Services Directors will host an information session on the implementation of the national Agreement-in-Principle on long-term reform of the First Nations Child & Family Services program and Jordan’s Principle.
The session will be hosted online on June 27, 2022 from 12:30 to 2:00pm PDT and will be open to all interested parties, including First Nations leadership and service providers. REGISTER here.
The panelists will include: Regional Chief Terry Teegee (BCAFN), Dr. Cindy Blackstock (Caring Society), Mary Teegee (ICFSD), Dr. Helaina Gaspard (IFSD), Angela McCarthy (ISC) and Gregory Miller (ISC).
The panelists will provide an overview of: the Agreement-in-Principle and the implementation of immediate measures (prevention services, First Nations representative services, post-majority care); capital funding for child & family services and Jordan’s Principle services; and long-term system reform. A question & answer session will follow.
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First Nations voices and perspectives are needed to help to redefine baselines and gaps in funding for our children and families. There is a unique opportunity to shape reform in child and family services. There’s no one better placed than those designing and delivering services to define what works, what doesn’t, and what’s needed to support well-being for First Nations children, families, and communities.
It is vital that information is collected now. Dr. Helaina Gaspard from the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy will speak to the subject during the AIP Information Session.
• FIRST NATIONS CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES AGENCIES: This work is about redefining baselines and gaps, and we need as many agencies sharing their experiences as possible to have their voices and perspectives reflected. DOWNLOAD QUESTIONNAIRE here
• FIRST NATIONS NOT AFFILIATED TO A FNCFS AGENCY: There is no baseline data set that exists. To ensure the realities of First Nations are accurately reflected in this baseline assessment (i.e., needs, gaps, current state), we need your contributions. DOWNLOAD QUESTIONNAIRE here
For further information or support in completing the questionnaire, CONTACT Dr. Gaspard here