On June 21, 2019, Bill C-92: An Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families became law. The Bill is a huge and unprecedented step forward in Canada. It is the first time the federal government has exercised its jurisdiction to legislate in the area of Indigenous child welfare.
By engaging within the community (and perhaps across communities) and then with provincial and federal counterparts, it is still possible to ensure Indigenous visions of child welfare jurisdiction are realized. This factsheet outlines 21 strategies in four areas, 1) National Standards, 2) Jurisdiction, 3) Funding, and 4) Accountability, aimed at assisting Indigenous communities in navigating and working with the new law.
To learn more about Bill C-92, click here for two reports and analyses written by top legal scholars working in the area of Indigenous law.