Call to Action # 2

We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with the provinces and territories, to prepare and publish annual reports on the number of Aboriginal children (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) who are in care, compared with non-Aboriginal children, as well as the reasons for apprehension, the total spending on preventive and care services by child-welfare agencies, and the effectiveness of various interventions. 

Why “In Progress”?

Dec. 22, 2021: In an update to the six-point action plan announced at the Emergency Child Welfare meeting held on Jan. 25 – 26, 2018, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) has launched national distinctions-based working groups with Indigenous – First Nations, Métis and Inuit – provincial and territorial partners to co-develop data and reporting strategies. These new strategies should:

  • increase data collection and reporting between jurisdictions
  • help better understand ways to reduce the number of Indigenous children and youth in care

As of fall 2021, there are plans to create a data sub-table of the Joint National Working Group, which was established under the 2020 protocol agreement with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). The protocol reflects a 3-year commitment by Canada to work with the AFN and First Nations to outline a distinctions-based approach when implementing An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families (the act).

There have been no detailed progress reports or timelines announced other than the previous generic announcements.

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