Unique Considerations for Aboriginal Children and Youth

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The Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare, Ontario.

The first report of the Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare Towards Sustainable Child Welfare in Ontario includes many references to Aboriginal child welfare. This companion document consolidates the main points made in the report and elaborates on what the
Commission learned during its initial conversations with leaders of some Aboriginal agencies and communities. The first report also sets out priorities going forward.

In the report,the Commission underlined the importance of responding to the unique and complex needs of Aboriginal children and families. It refers to the role of the six mandated Aboriginal Children’s Aid Societies(CASs) and the discussions underway in relation to seven
“pre-mandated” prevention agencies. It also cites CASs uneven implementation of the requirements for working with Aboriginal communities under the Child and Family Services Act (CFSA).

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