Call to Action # 5

We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to develop culturally appropriate parenting programs for Aboriginal families

Why “In Progress”

The federal government has created Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) from the previous Indian and Northern Affairs Canada to focus their efforts -among other things – to “culturally appropriate prevention services and protection and well-being services” to align with this Call to Action. ISC will be in a better position to manage a number of programs: Community Well-Being and Jurisdiction, maternal child health, Aboriginal Head Start, family violence prevention etc.

Budget investments of $634.8M in Budget 2016 and $1.4B in Budget 2018 were significant first steps in reducing the funding gap for Indigenous children vs non-Indigenous children.

Budget 2021 announced $1,147 billion over five years, and $118.7 million ongoing starting in 2021–22, to increase funding under the First Nations Child and Family Services program to:

  • Provide increased supports for families not served by a delegated First Nation agency for prevention activities to help First Nations children and families stay together with their communities through the Community Well-Being and Jurisdiction initiative
  • Continue to implement the orders for the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal
  • Permanently ensure that First Nations youth who reach the age of majority receive the supports that they need, for up to two additional years to successfully transition to independence

Current Status

April 4, 2022

In Progress

Previous Status

February 14, 2022

In Progress

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