Archive for the Aboriginal Services Category

Taking Indigenous Kids Home: Photo highlights from this summer’s OACAS Youth in Care Gathering

This summer, Indigenous youth in care from across the province traveled to Bark Lake Leadership Centre near Irondale, Ontario for three days of cultural workshops and activities focused on building community. Watch some the highlights of this dynamic gathering. “This Gathering is a great way for Indigenous youth

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“Ati kapi ci wepik/We will never let this happen again”: Sixties Scoop landmark trial begins

On August 23, after years of delays, the Ontario Superior Court began hearing a class action lawsuit launched on behalf of survivors of the Sixties Scoop. The “Scoop” refers to the thousands of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children across Canada who were removed from their homes

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Sixties Scoop trial begins August 23 with rally

  In 2009, two Sixties Scoop survivors launched a class action lawsuit against the Government of Canada on behalf of the estimated 16,000 survivors from Ontario. On August 23, the Ontario Superior Court will begin hearing their case. Between 1965 and 1985, thousands of First Nations, Metis, and

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Changemakers Series No. 2: Former youth in care who are changing the world — and the child welfare system — for the better

Meet Gabriella, whose life was changed by an Indigenous child welfare worker. She hopes to make a similar difference in the lives of other youth in care. Changemaker My name is Gabriella. Where Oshawa The biggest challenge I have faced My grandmother died, and my mother went

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How collecting race-based data can dramatically improve child welfare services

Kike Ojo, Project Manager of One Vision One Voice: Changing the Child Welfare System for African Canadians, explains how acknowledging racial differences will result in better service. In 2015, the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto released race-based statistics indicating that African Canadian children make up 41% of

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Blake, an Indigenous youth in care, speaks about his most memorable moments at the Bark Lake youth conference

Every summer for the past three years, Indigenous youth in care have gathered on the shores of Bark Lake in Kawartha-Haliburton to learn about their language, culture, and identity. The Bark Lake Youth Conference, first held at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto in 2012, is

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Landmark decision by Canadian Human Rights Tribunal a chance to begin righting past wrongs against First Nations children and families

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS), on behalf of its 44 member Children’s Aid Societies (CASs), welcomes the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s ruling that the federal government has discriminated against First Nations children on reserves by failing to provide the same level of child welfare

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OACAS identifies reconciliation with Aboriginal communities as its key priority for 2016

Karen Hill, Director of Aboriginal Services at OACAS, discusses the journey so far and what lies ahead.

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Children’s Aid Societies visit the Ontario Legislature to advocate on key issues facing the sector

ANCFSAO and OACAS

On November 24, representatives from Children’s Aid Societies (CASs) across the province met at the Ontario Legislature for the child welfare sector’s annual MPP Briefing Day. For the first time, this event was co-hosted by the Association of Native Child and Family Services Agencies of Ontario (ANCFSAO)

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Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services on the path to becoming a mandated child protection agency

Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services (DBCFS) is on its way to becoming a full-service child protection agency with the signing of the Protocol Concerning the Delivery of Child and Family Services. As the umbrella agency serving seven First Nation communities in the central-eastern Ontario area covering

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