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.
The initial engagement phase is complete: March 2022 – Fall 2022
This was the first phase of a multi-year process and the beginning of many conversations to come. More information on how to engage further will be posted later this year.
How will my contribution make a difference?
In this phase of engagement, B.C. is sought initial input and direction from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit governments, organizations, and people to inform changes to policy and legislation. We also heard from non-Indigenous community and social service organizations and people who have experience with child and family services.
As we move into future phases of the reform, we will resume further engagements and report on what we have heard so far.
Read the October 26, 2022 News Release.
Details of the Engagement
Date: May 2, 2022 to August 31, 2022
Category: Families & Residents