Bill C-92
An Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families came into force on January 1, 2020. It provides communities with the mechanism to exercise their inherent jurisdiction over the care of their own children and families in accordance with their own traditional laws and values. It also sets out national minimum standards which apply to all agencies providing child and family services for Indigenous children.
Community child and family service laws can be recognized by the federal government as federal law and given priority over provincial child and family services laws, should we decide to participate in a Coordination (negotiation) table.  
Dene Tha’ applied for and received C-92 capacity funding to start our exploration of jurisdiction and what the interest and desire of our members and leadership are to take over jurisdiction. Over the next several years, we will be asking you for input on the needs of our children, youth, and families to ensure that the programs developed are reflective of the needs of the whole community.  We will also be asking you to participate in the process of law development.  
The following activities are planned for this year, which require your input:
     · Needs Assessment – this survey is part of information gathering which will inform program needs
     · Law development – this will entail sharing our values and beliefs to ensure the law reflects who we are as Dene peoples
Individual responses are confidential. The information will be reported collectively with no distinguishing information. If there is any part of the survey, you do not feel comfortable answering you can skip those questions. The information provided is being used to help to understand your program needs, the first step in understanding how to build a child and family services department/organization.
The information collected will be used and protected following the First Nation Principles of OCAP (Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession). The information from this survey will belong to Dene Tha’ First Nation, meaning that DTFN will have the authority over how the information is used and shared.