Aboriginal Child Welfare

This section contains material related to Aboriginal child welfare. Canada has a decentralized child welfare system that consists of 13 Canadian provincial and territorial child welfare systems. In addition, there exist Métis, First Nations and urban Aboriginal child and family service agencies that are to varying degrees affected by federal policies and funding models. Most commonly, Aboriginal child welfare agencies have signed agreements with either the federal or both the federal and provincial governments that authorizes them to provide the full range of child protection services and receive federal funding to do so. For more information about First Nations child welfare, see Kiskisik Awasisak: Remember the Children. Understanding the Overrepresentation of First Nations Children in the Child Welfare System.

For information on the First Nations human rights complaint case against the federal government for under-funding child welfare services on-reserve: www.fnwitness.ca

Title Authors Year Type of Publication
18-YEAR-OLD PETER: An Investigative Review

Office of the Child and Youth Advocate Alberta

2017 Report
Violence and resilience: a scoping review of treatment of mental health problems for Indigenous Youth
Toombs, Elaine
Houlding, Carolyn
Braunberger, Peter
Sawula, Erica
Wekerle, Christine
Mushquash, Chris
Drawson, Alexandra
2017 Journal article
Honouring Jordan's Principle: Obstacles to accessing equitable health and social services for First Nations children with special healthcare needs living in Pinaymootang, Manitoba

Vives, Luna
Sinha, Vandna
Burnet, Eric
Lach, Lucyna

2017 Report
Beyond Trauma: Disrupting Cycles, Effecting Change: 13-Year-Old Tina, 16-Year-Old Shirley, 19-Year-Old Jazmine: An Investigative Review

Office of the Child and Youth Advocate Alberta

2017 Report
Review of Child Welfare Legislation in Manitoba: Discussion Guide

Government of Manitoba

2017 Report
B.C. Adoption and Permanency Options Update

Representative for Children and Youth

2017 Report
Room for Improvement: Toward Better Education Outcomes for Children in Care

Representative for Children and Youth

2017 Report
Delegated Aboriginal Agencies: How Resourcing Affects Service Delivery

Representative for Children and Youth

2017 Report
Voices for Reform: Options for Change to Saskatchewan First Nations Child Welfare

Voices for Reform: Options for Change to Saskatchewan First Nations Child Welfare

2017 Report
Ministerial Mandate Letters: Relevance to Indigenous Child Welfare and Well-Being

Churchill, Molly
Sinha, Vandna

2016 Information sheet