April 9, 2018
The Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) organized and led a delegation of Yukon-based child welfare professionals on a tour of six BC child welfare agencies run by local indigenous groups. The tour included representatives from CYFN, Ross River Dena Council, Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, the Government of Yukon and Canada.
The fact-finding mission supports Yukon First Nations’ interest in exploring options for child welfare services in the Yukon. The group toured agencies in Vancouver and Vancouver Island, representing a variety of delegated child welfare models. Rural and urban agencies were visited, including an agency run by the Squamish Nation and the Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society.
“Children-in-care are one of the most vulnerable groups in our society and unfortunately First Nations are over-represented in this system. We are conducting due diligence and exploring best practices to inform Yukon First Nations of child welfare options.”
CYFN Grand Chief Peter Johnston
- Delegation of child welfare services from a provincial or territorial government range in responsibility from voluntary services, such as supports and counselling, to guardianship and protection.
- In BC, 23 Indigenous organizations have delegated authority from BC’s Ministry of Children and Family Development.
- Yukon does not have a First Nations-led child welfare agency.
CYFN Communications Advisor
867-393-9200 ext 9223