"Advancing transformative change for the well-being of Métis children, youth and families"

Background

Laying the Groundwork for Change

In recent years there has been an increase in recognition –on the part of Federal and Provincial Governments in Canada- of the past injustices committed upon Métis, First Nations and Inuit People. Truth and Reconciliation forums are one part of the healing process; in collaboration with the airing of past injustices, a new government-to-government approach between Métis and other Aboriginal people and the Federal and Provincial Government of Canada have begun to shape a new era in respect and reciprocity.

This page highlights some of the key agreements that are shaping our landscape as we move forward in a joint effort to acknowledge and address past injustices through collaborative teamwork.

 

Strong, Safe and Supported: A Commitment to BC's Children and Youth

An action plan by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) that supports the province-wide Integrated Framework for Children and Youth. The report outlines the five pillars that form the key elements of an effective child, youth and family development service system: Prevention, Early Intervention, Intervention and Support, the Aboriginal Approach, and Quality Assurance.

The Strong, Safe, Supported framework is no longer part of the Ministry’s service plan. It has been replaced by the six service lines laid out in their Strategic and Operational Plan for 2012/2013-2014/2015. The six service lines are as follows: (1) Early childhood development and child care services; (2) Services for children and youth with special needs; (3) Child and youth mental health services, including community-based CYMH services, and the Maples Adolescence Treatment Centre; (4) Child safety, family support and children in care services; (5) Adoption services; and (6) Youth justice services.

You can link to the new Plan here.

 

Aboriginal Service Delivery Change Framework

This document is a framework structured on the provision of services by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) to Aboriginal clients. It outlines a service approach structured in, and inclusive of Aboriginal traditions and customs. The document is meant to aid ministry workers providing child welfare services to Métis, First Nations and Inuit people in British Columbia.

While we cannot be sure, it is likely that this document has also been replaced by MCFD's new Strategic and Operational Plan, but this framework does provide a good context for the ongoing changes affecting MCFD's work with the Metis community within the scope of Aboriginal social working.

The New 2012/2013-2014/2015 Service Plan can be found here.

 

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

This historic document recognizes the more than 60 000 self-identifying Métis in the province of British Columbia. The MOU acknowledges the uniquely distinct voice of the Métis community in BC. The recognition of the Métis voice as separate from that of other Aboriginal communities is the first step towards moving forward in the development of Métis culturally inclusive and specific child welfare strategies.

Featured Resources

Proud to be Metis!: The Cultural Booklet we send to families is now available online!

MCCF Cultural Information Package: A collection of Metis cultural resources and information to support service delivery and planning for Metis children, youth and families.

MCCF Quality Assurance Framework: Continuous Quality Improvement for Métis Children and Family Services in British Columbia, March 2011

MCCF 2011 Provincial Catalogue:
A catalogue to provide immediate contact information about available services to assist the Métis communities, Métis families, Ministry and non-Ministry front line workers in supporting Metis people.