Background:

The Act respecting First Nation, Inuit and Métis children, youth, and families (the Act) came into force on January 1, 2020.

The Act is a comprehensive reform of child and family services affirming the right of First Nations to exercise jurisdiction in relation to child and family services, including legislative authority and the right to administer and enforce these laws. The purpose of the Act is to affirm the rights of Indigenous governments and organizations to exercise jurisdiction over First Nation, Inuit and Métis child and family services.

Qalipu First Nation (QFN) is carrying out a preliminary project with respect to the Act. The Project is funded by Indigenous Services Canada’s Community Well-being and Jurisdiction Initiatives.  The goal of the project is to have an information session with QFN Chief and Council and Senior management as well as 3-4 regional consultation meetings with membership. The meetings and consultations will present information on the Act and explore some options for QFN under the Act. The feed back from the meeting and consultations will help inform the next steps QFN may take with respect to the Act. Below are two objectives of the project:

·        Facilitate discussion regarding the pros and cons of Qalipu First Nation implementing its own Indigenous Child Welfare Law;

·        Present information and facilitate discussion on possible options Qalipu First Nation can consider with respect to Child Welfare law implementation. For example, Qalipu First Nation can remain status quo, consider a law that focuses on prevention alone or prevention and protection together.

 

Note: If QFN should decide to consider developing its own children, youth and families law more intense consultations will take place with membership throughout the law-making phase.

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* 1. Individual Information (Optional):

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* 2. Please enter your Band membership number to be entered into a prize draw (Optional)

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* 4. What is your age (Optional)?

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* 5. Has the Qalipu First Nation presentation on the Act been sufficient to give you background information and understanding with respect to the Act and options for Qalipu First Nation

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* 6. What other information or communication on the Act you would like to see presented by Qalipu First Nation?

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* 7. Do you agree Qalipu First Nation should develop and ratify its own Indigenous Children, Youth and Family law?

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* 8. If you answered yes to the above please indicate what areas should Qalipu First Nation Indigenous Children, Youth and Family law include?

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* 9. Given the Qalipu First Nation ward system, number of local communities and population demographics, implementing prevention and protection services, if those options are considered, will present challenges in terms of where the children, youth and family service centers will be located and how they will be able to do reach out to all QFN member communities.

One possible option is to have 3-4 children, youth, and family services centers to serve    as hubs that will do outreach out and provide services to other areas and communities.

Do you agree with this possible approach?

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* 10. Do you have any suggestion as to the best approach for community outreach and inclusion?

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