Actions and Commitments

Call to Action # 4: Child Welfare (1-5)

What happens on Jan. 1, 2020

January 1, 2020
  • Indigenous groups who have developed their own legislation will have 2 options to exercise jurisdiction under the act.    
  • Every service provider delivering child and family services to Indigenous children and families will need to follow the minimum standards found in the act.
  • Existing agencies will continue to provide services to Indigenous children. 
  • Agreements related to existing delegated agencies will remain valid unless the parties decide otherwise.
  • If Indigenous groups are currently at discussion tables to conclude agreements, they can still exercise jurisdiction under the framework of the act.
  • Indigenous groups that choose to exercise their jurisdiction could continue working with delegated agencies or could create their own delivery service models.
  • The act provides that agreements such as treaties and self-government agreements in relation to child and family services between Indigenous groups and federal, provincial, or territorial governments that predate the coming-into-force of the act prevail in case of conflict.
  • To facilitate the work of those providing child and family services, information will be posted on the Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) website related to notices of intent, coordination agreements and Indigenous laws as they are made available.