FNCIS-2008 Advisory Committee

The national advisory committee for the FNCIS-2008, first developed in 2006, is in the process of transitioning into a national First Nations Child Welfare Research Committee (FNCWRC).  This working group will bring together First Nations/Aboriginal child welfare practitioners, policy specialists and academics from across Canadian jurisdictions, to coordinate, facilitate sharing of, and to support First Nations child welfare research.  It is currently the only forum that brings Aboriginal child welfare experts from across the country together for this purpose.  The committee seeks to build on the knowledge and capacity build through collaboration on FNCIS-2008 in order to:

  • Oversee the development and implementation of a national “First Nations Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect 2018 (FNIS-2018)”, which builds on the findings and experience of the FNCIS-2008 and honours the principles of Aboriginal Ownership of, Control over, Access to and Possession of research (OCAP principles) to the maximum extent possible. 
  • Facilitate national level sharing of information about policy and research relevant to First Nations child welfare.
  • Support the development of new research on First Nations child welfare.

The following is a list of current committee members:

Nancy MacDonald
School of Social Work
Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia

Judy Levi Social Development Ministry of New Brunswick   Richard Gray First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission, Quebec   Stephanie O’Brien Assembly of First Nations, Ontario   Cindy Blackstock First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, Ontario   Kenn Richard Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, Ontario   Tara Petti Southern First Nations Network of Care, Manitoba   Marlyn Bennett Faculty of Social Work University of Manitoba   H. Monty Montgomery Faculty of Social Work University of Regina (Saskatoon), Saskatchewan   Shelley Thomas Prokop Saskatchewan First Nations Family and Community Institute   Randy McHugh Siksika Children’s Services, Alberta   Rachelle Dallaire & Linda Lucas Indigenous Perspectives Society, British Columbia   Nico Trocmè & Vandna Sinha School of Social Work McGill University, Quebec   Barbara Fallon Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work University of Toronto, Ontario   Bruce MacLaurin Faculty of Social Work University of Calgary, Alberta