What is this engagement about?
B.C. is reforming child and family service legislation to improve services for all children and families. These changes will also better support the rights of Indigenous peoples, including Indigenous Governments, as they deliver child and family services under their laws.
The goals of this initiative are:
- Changing the current legislative model to one that promotes prevention supports and keeps children within their families, communities, and cultures;
- Alignment of the CFCSA with the federal Act respecting First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children, youth and families (Federal Act) and the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (Declaration Act); and
- Pursuing both short-term and longer-term legislative amendments to support systemic transformation.
How to participate:
There will be several ways to provide input throughout the engagement, including:
- virtual engagement sessions for specific groups such as First Nations, Métis, Inuit, people with lived experience with the child and family welfare service sector, and service organizations,
- online feedback form; and,
- written submissions.
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Engagement Timeline: March 2022 – November 2022
How can my contribution make a difference?
B.C. is seeking input and direction from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit governments, organizations, and people to inform changes to policy and legislation. We also want to hear from non-Indigenous community and social service organizations and people who have experience with child and family services.
We encourage individuals and organizations that represent Black people, People of Colour, women, 2SLGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, youth and young adults, and Elders to take part.
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