C-92 Training: Federal Act for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families
Join IPS this February 24th– 26th for our online C-92 training, facilitated by Indigenous child welfare practice expert, policy analyst and practitioner, Stephanie Konefall. This 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 training 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.
IPS is extremely grateful to have Stephanie Konefall work with us to facilitate and deliver some of our unique training programs, including our upcoming C-92 training. Stephanie is currently the Child Welfare Practice Manager with Lalum’utul Smun’eem Child and Family Services. She is a key consultant on the design of child welfare law for the Cowichan Tribes and subsequent service delivery through programming, practice, policy and tri-lateral agreements with provincial and federal stakeholders and governing bodies for child welfare jurisdiction. Currently responsible for recommendations, design, analysis and evaluations, including pattern and predictive metrics assessments for child welfare. Stephanie, is also in charge of managing clinical practice teams of social workers and managers. She teaches and facilitates at conferences focusing on Indigenous Child Welfare practice and has been active in the development and implementation of the Federal Child Welfare Act since 2018. Focused on team development and sustainable team building in child welfare, she has over 15 years of community-based organization experience, rooted in justice and equity studies.
Stephanie has over 10 years of collaborative work experience with Family Law, Child Welfare and Justice systems, including co-authoring research papers with Indigenous communities and the Ministry for Children and Family Development, authoring curriculum and instructing the child protection components of the Aboriginal Social Work Program for practitioners and supervisors. Stephanie has contributed to shifts in provincial practice through her work with Delegated Aboriginal Agencies. She has held positions on the McCreary Centre Society for Children’s Research and is the previous Vice President of the Board of the Metis Commission for Children and Families British Columbia. We invite you to join Stephanie for our next C-92 Training
If you would like more information about this training or if you are interested in bringing this training to your community, please visit: https://ipsociety.ca/c-92-training-federal-act-for-first-nations-inuit-and-metis-children-youth-and-families/
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