Call to Action # 5

We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to develop culturally appropriate parenting programs for Aboriginal families

Indigenous Watchdog Status Update

Current StatusAug. 17, 2020IN PROGRESS
Previous StatusJune 15, 2020IN PROGRESS

Why “In Progress”?

The federal government has created Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) from the previous Indian and Northern Affairs Canada to focus their efforts -among other things – to “culturally appropriate prevention services and protection and well-being services” to align with this Call to Action. ISC will be in a better position to manage a number of programs: Community Well-Being and Jurisdiction, maternal child health, Aboriginal Head Start, family violence prevention etc.

Budget investments of $634.8M in Budget 2016 and $1.4B in Budget 2018 were significant first steps in reducing the funding gap for Indigenous children vs non-Indigenous children.

Culturally Appropriate Parenting Programs
Federal Government

Brighter Futures program

Brighter Futures Program developed to provide direct services and programs to Native youth, single parents, and high-risk families in the areas of effective parenting, child development, fetal alcohol effects, pre-parenting preparation, and good life teachings.

Community Well-Being and Jurisdiction

This new funding stream from Budget 2018 supports First Nations communities to lead the development and delivery of prevention services and to assert greater control over the well-being of their children and families. All investments through the Community Well-being and Jurisdiction Initiative will continue to support First Nation community-led, culturally-appropriate services as a core element of funded initiatives.

British Columbia

Hulitan Culturally Appropriate Parenting Skills Assessment

University of Victoria ‘Hulitan Culturally Appropriate Parenting Skills Assessment” Kwen’an’latel Intensive Parenting Program for Aboriginal parents/caregivers who have had their children taken into foster care by the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) to ensure they remain connected to their culture.

Ontario

Journey Together – Expanding Indigenous led Early Years Program”

This program delivered through the Ministry of Education aims to increase the number of culturally relevant child care spaces and expand access to child and family programs for Indigenous children and families who live in urban communities. New programs funded through this initiative will roll out in 2018/2019 in Toronto, led by Indigenous organizations.

Indigenous Cultural Parenting Programs
Spirit of the Children Society

New Westminster, BC – This is an eleven-week traditional Aboriginal parenting program that is modeled around the Medicine Wheel. The program assists individual and family development through educational teachings, sharing personal stories, and learning of traditional Aboriginal culture. Our main objective is to encourage personal healing; to find a balance between ones emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, and to facilitate personal awareness and growth.

Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre

Winnipeg, Manitoba – CLOUT (Community Led Organizations Learning Together) – It Takes a Neighbourhood – Short term licensed homes and intensive support for birth families working toward reunification (22 beds).

Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

Ottawa, Ontario – Program developed to provide direct services and programs to Native youth, single parents, and high-risk families in the areas of effective parenting, child development, fetal alcohol effects, pre-parenting preparation, and good life teachings.

Official Federal Government Response: Sept. 5, 2019

With the creation of Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), the platform now exists to bring together a range of supports for maternal child health, Aboriginal Head Start, family violence prevention and other programs. This will allow us to break down silos and better support the health and well-being of Indigenous children, parents and communities.

Budget 2016 investments of $634.8 million over 5 years and ongoing were provided to support greater culturally appropriate prevention services and front-line service delivery. To ensure adequate funding for the ongoing provision of culturally appropriate prevention, protection and well-being services for First Nations children and families on reserve, Budget 2018 committed more than $1.4 billion in new funding over 6 years, starting in fiscal year 2017 to 2018, for First Nations child and family services. This includes a dedicated Community Well-Being and Jurisdiction Initiatives stream of funding to support First Nations communities to lead the development and delivery of prevention services and to assert greater control over the well-being of their children and families.

The Government of Canada will continue to collaborate with First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation, as well as other partners, to advance the reforms to child and family services that are needed and develop Indigenous-led solutions that put the well-being of children first, in addition to collaborating with the Métis National Council in taking steps to explore solutions that will be community-directed and focused on prevention.

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