Indigenous Perspectives Society

Policy Development


The Policy team studies and interprets policy directions to develop recommendations and provide advice on specific policy or program options. The team also reviews and evaluates regulatory, statutory, and other changes to determine their impact on Indigenous agencies.


  • Providing ongoing support through working groups and committees of emerging child welfare policy
  • Participating in initiatives such as the First Nations Canadian Incidence Study
  • Working in partnership with other like minded organizations
  • Ongoing research on child welfare and the creation of a resource library
  • Research on options for policy training workshops

Past Projects

  • The Aboriginal Operation and Practice Standards and Indicators Redesign Project (“Starting from a Traditional Place”)
  • Updated of the First Nations Directors Forum web page
  • Reviewed CFCSA legislative changes and resulting policies as they relates to First Nations Child and Family Service Agencies
  • Technical support for BC Tripartite Table, including agendas, minutes, protocol development, and discussion papers
  • Planning and follow-up to quarterly Directors Forum and Partnership meetings
  • Developed and distributed a policy Resource Manual for First Nations delegated child and family service Agencies
  • Conducted a policy needs survey of First Nations delegated Agencies
  • Prepared and distributed strategic briefing materials and updates on MCFD regionalization for Agency Directors
  • Organized and provided technical support for meetings of the Directors Forum and its subcommittees (including agendas, minutes, and associated correspondence)
  • Updated and streamlined proposal for a First Nations Director, and prepared associated briefing material
  • A survey of Directors on ‘best practice’ to help direct the discussions at the Tripartite Table.
    Prepared draft Memorandum of Understanding with the First Nations Summit on behalf of Directors Forum
  • Provided technical support to Directors Forum representative at meetings of the Joint Aboriginal Management Committee
  • Ensured timely sharing of information with Agency Directors regarding changes to government decisions on policy, funding and governance
  • Developed a Discussion paper on Kinship Care and the recent legislative enactment of Section 54.1 of the CFCSA
  • Conducted a survey regarding section 8 – Agreements with child’s kin and other
  • Developed a Research Resource binder on Kinship Care and Custom Adoption
  • Delivery of one-day training workshop on protocol development to First Nations Child and Family Service Agencies.
  • Revision of the Aboriginal Operational Practice Standards and Indicators.
  • Discussion paper for Directors financial resources portfolio regarding Agency savings
    Preliminary analysis of per diems and other financial issues associated with file transfers from MCFD to agencies
  • Correspondence for Directors Forum on National Policy Review implementation, and on provincial funding matters
  • A policy framework that reflects the position of Agency directors in the B.C. Tripartite Table (following up on recommendations of the National Policy Review) – to attempt to influence funding and policy decisions on INAC regarding ‘maintenance’ and operations
  • Correspondence for Directors Forum regarding the Chiefs Committee on Child Welfare
  • Discussion paper for Directors Forum on off-reserve services · Participation in and documentation of a meeting with all Chiefs regarding federal and provincial government changes that affect child and family services
  • Inter-agency protocol under development
  • Reviewed the Adoption Act and formulated a discussion paper in regard to Custom Adoptions
  • Presenter at the Indigenous Child Welfare Research Network Conference
  • Participated in the Second Canadian Roundtable on Child Welfare Outcomes

For more information contact:
Rachelle Dallaire | Ext. 261
T: 250.391.0007