Archive for the Aboriginal Services Category

Child Welfare’s Reconciliation Pathway

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies’ acknowledgment and apology for the harmful role child welfare has played historically, and continues to play, in the lives of Ontario Indigenous children, families, and communities is an important point on the sector’s path to Reconciliation. However, the Reconciliation pathway

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Marking a Moment in Child Welfare’s Reconciliation Journey

An apology, an acknowledgement, and a conversation to move forward On October 1-3, 2017, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) will host a gathering at Geneva Park and Rama First Nation to acknowledge and apologize for the harmful role child welfare has played historically, and

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Taking their children back: The journey to designation for Nogdawindamin Family and Community Services

Kerry Francis, Executive Director of Nogdawindamin Family and Community Services, sat down with us recently to talk about his organization’s designation, the journey it took to get here, and what it means to him and to the First Nations communities of the North Shore. On April 1st,

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Indigenous youth in care brought together for inaugural leadership gathering

Building Fire

On December 9th, 2016 a small group of older Indigenous youth joined their elders, Children’s Aid Society staff, and members of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Society’s (OACAS) Indigenous Services team for three days of cultural programming and leadership development at an adventure therapy camp in

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s first five recommendations for change are directed at child welfare.

Dawn Flegel, Executive Director of Sarnia-Lambton Children’s Aid Society, talks about the steps her agency has taken to start repairing their relationship with Indigenous communities When did Sarnia-Lambton Children’s Aid’s journey towards reconciliation with First Nations communities begin? When I first started as executive director at Sarnia-Lambton

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Sixties Scoop plaintiffs win class-action lawsuit

After seven years of legal action, an Ontario judge has ruled in favour of the plaintiffs in the “Sixties Scoop” class-action lawsuit. The court has not yet determined how much the federal government must pay in damages. The plaintiffs had sued for $1.3 billion, amounting to about $85,000 for each affected person. The

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Hon. Michael Coteau talks to OACAS about how the proposed new Child, Youth and Family Services Act will be a game changer for child welfare

Minister Coteau

  When you announced the new Child, Youth and Family Services Act you said it was the biggest game changer in child protection in decades. Are there particular parts of the Act that you are most excited about? There are three pieces that really stand out for

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Bill 89 passes and introduces historic amendments to the Child and Family Services Act

On June 1, 2017, Bill 89: Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act, 2016, introduced by the Minister of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) in December 2016, received royal assent in the Ontario Legislature. Bill 89 introduces historic amendments to the Child and Family Services Act and is

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OACAS welcomes unanimous decision to support equitable child welfare services on First Nations reserves

On November 1, 2016 members of the House of Commons voted unanimously in favour of a motion to act immediately to improve child welfare services for First Nations children and families on reserves. The motion, introduced by NDP indigenous affairs critic Charlie Angus, called on the Liberal

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Toronto remains the child poverty capital of Canada in 2016

The 2016 Toronto Vital Signs Report, released last week by the Toronto Foundation, paints a grim picture of child and family poverty in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). While Toronto scores high on many quality of life measures, it remains the “child poverty capital of Canada.” One

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