Indigenous Jurisdiction

Indigenous peoples have been fighting to protect and support Indigenous children and families under the crushing weight of colonization for hundreds of years. The establishment of Indigenous Child and Family Service Agencies is an important stepping stone on the pathway toward the full exercise of our inherent right to self-determination.

What is Bill C-92?

Bill C-92, or “The Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Metis children, youth and families” (The Act), recognizes that Indigenous communities and groups are free to develop policies and laws based on their particular histories, cultures, and circumstances. Read more.

The paths to jurisdiction

The breakdown of Indigenous families through colonialist policies and practices has been met with consistent resistance. Since the passing of Bill C-92, or “The Act,” there are two pathways laid out by which Indigenous communities or groups can reclaim and gain jurisdiction over their own child and family services.

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Bill C-92 Primer for Chiefs

There are two options for exercising jurisdiction over child and family services as a section 35 rights-bearing Indigenous group, per Bill C-92 Section 20. Read more about the options here.

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Indigenous Peoples have been fighting to regain jurisdiction over our children and youth since colonial efforts targeted our family structures. Here is a comprehensive account of our consistent resistance to those practices.

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Timeline of key dates

Read about the history of Indigenous Jurisdiction over children and families, from 1876 to today.

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