Indigenous Perspectives Society

Monthly Archives: June 2020

National Indigenous History Month

IPS encourages all members of the community to learn and build their knowledge about the distinct histories and cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. Only by engaging with different cultures, histories, truths and perspectives are we able to consider and reflect on the impacts of colonization, cultural differences and intersections, strength, resilience, and our current shared challenges. At a time when we are all being called upon to expand our understandings of systemic inequities and violence, it is important we remember our shared human needs for respect, safety and freedom. IPS recognizes that this is an ongoing process. It can be overwhelming and exhausting, particularly for those most directly affected by systems of oppression. We support you in undertaking this work and invite you to learn with us.

Coming Soon: C-92 Training: Federal Act for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families

This August IPS will be offering a new ‘C-92 Training: Federal Act for First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families’. The online training introduces the new federal legislation, An Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, which came into effect on January 1, 2020. The focus of this course will be on familiarizing participants with the new federal legislation. The training will also help participants to think through jurisdictional implications, necessary changes to their practices and ways to successfully interpret and implement the new legislation.This training is highly recommended for anyone wanting to understand the new Act, how it affects child and family services provision, Nationally and Provincially, and how it can be applied to improve and increase supports to Indigenous children, families and communities.

Background: The intention of the Act is to set minimum national standards for First Nations, Inuit and Métis child and family services provision.  It is significant that this is the first time the federal government has exercised its jurisdiction to legislate in the area of Indigenous child welfare. For this reason, all agencies across Canada are required to familiarize themselves with the Act and make the appropriate changes to their policies, practices and standards to be in alignment with the Act.

The Act also recognizes the inherent jurisdiction of Indigenous governing bodies to be self-determining in the area of child and family services.  As such, agencies may need to adapt existing or create new governance models in the future, as Indigenous groups, communities and people start to act on their inherent authority.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the framework of An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families
  • Best Interests of the Indigenous Child Test
  • Substantive Equality in provision of Child and Family services to Indigenous families
  • Jurisdiction & Concurrent law model
  • Continuum of Care (Preventive; Early (including pre-natal); Protection)
  • Notice and Party Status
  • Indigenous Laws

If you would like more information or if you are interested in bringing this training to your community, please contact: Karman: karmanl@ipsociety.ca