Métis Commission for Children and Families of BC
"Advancing transformative change for the well-being of Métis children, youth and families"
This section of the Métis Commission website has been structured to provide our community members quick and easy access to Métis Commission related documents and websites.
We have compiled a list of videos which explore Metis culture and knowledge. We take no credit for the creation of these videos, yet we are pleased to share them with the greater Metis Community in order to create an understanding of Metis culture and knowledge.
These videos were created by the Aboriginal Student Health Sciences Department at McMaster University (link to website above). Elder Elize Hartley speaks about the Metis Sash, Metis Medicine, The Importance of the Feather and the Seven Grandfather Teachings.
This document draws upon the conversations of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders in child welfare held in Niagara Falls in 2005. Touchstones of Hope describes why reconciliation in child welfare is needed, what reconciliation can mean in the context of child welfare, and to identify key values (touchstones) to guide reconciliation in child welfare.
This report details the existing gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children’s health in Canada. It highlights numerous key issues in Canada pertaining to the disparity in children’s health and access to education for Aboriginal children and youth.
This is a BC Métis Federation (BCMF) policy document - Rights and Responsibilities for Our Métis Children and Families is directly connected to appropriate and accessible information and resources to empower and serve Métis families in successfully navigating the systemic processes around Métis children protection matters.
This document presents the perspectives of Métis Ancestors and Elders, from both the past and present in an effort to recognize, share, protect, affirm, use and revitalize Métis traditional health and healing knowledge and practices.
This is a three part research report developed by the Indigenous Child Welfare Research Network (ICWR) based out of The University of Victoria’s School of Social Work. It addresses issues concerning Cultural Planning for Aboriginal Children in the case of Adoption.
This document from the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) outlines a five pillar approach to ensuring healthy developmental outcomes for the children and youth of BC. The framework outlines the expectations placed on the government, as well as identifying opportunities for the province’s children and youth. Please note that this approach is no longer being used by MCFD.
This MCFD document outlines positive approaches, as well as providing information and guidance to workers providing protective services.
This document defines what child abuse is, how to identify it and what to expect when filing a report of child abuse or neglect.The booklet also provides basic information on the governing provincial law; The Child, Family and Community Service Act (CFCSA)
This document was prepared by MCFD as to support an integrated, collaborative response to child neglect and abuse. The Handbook provides information on identifying neglect and abuse; provides clarification on relevant legislation and policy at the provincial as well as international level; clarifies the roles and responsibilities on the provincial child welfare service providers.
This extensive document is a provincial listing of Métis, First Nations and Aboriginal organizations, communities and community services. For the most part, the organizations listed in the Guide are Aboriginal-controlled and operate on a not-for-profit basis.
This document, from the Representative for Children and Youth BC (RCYBC), offers a critique of work being done to systematically address and improve child welfare in BC. The report calls attention to various recommended actions - identified within the Hughes Review- in which the BC government has been addressing. The report is a valuable resource in combination with Hughes Review in understanding where the gaps in BC child welfare exist, as well as the progress being made to address these gaps.
The Representative for Children and Youth of BC (RCYBC)
The Representative for Children and Youth supports children, youth and families who need help in dealing with the child welfare system, provides oversight to the Ministry of Children and Family Development and advocates for improvements to the child welfare system.
Ministry of Children and Family Development
The Ministry provides programs and services to ensure that healthy children and responsible families are living in safe, caring and inclusive communities.
Legal Services Society
The Legal Law Society (LS) helps tens of thousands of British Columbians with serious family, child protection as well as criminal law issues. The LSS gives priority to people with low incomes, and is committed to working with its many partners to improve access to justice for the disadvantaged.
Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS)
Creating Excellence Through Training and Leadership
The Indigenous Perspectives Society (IPS), formerly the Caring for First Nations Children Society, is a not-for-profit organization that strengthens the voice of Indigenous communities through education and professional development.
Our training programs help foster a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives and cultural differences, and we help build successful partnerships and relationships with Indigenous communities, stakeholders and government partners.
First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFCS)
FNCFCS is a National level organization committed to the improving the lives of Métis and First Nations Children. Their work focuses on high level engagement and policy work. Their site is useful for the collection of material surrounding the Rights of the Child, as well as various other relevant links and documents.
Federation of Aboriginal Foster Parents
The Federation was formed to meet the unique needs of caregivers of Aboriginal children, and the needs of communities for targeted development, recruitment, and training of Aboriginal foster families.
Métis Child and Family Service Authority (Manitoba)
This page highlights the work being done in Manitoba for the creation of a Métis specific child and family services system. The website details specific initiatives and projects undertaken to create Metis specific solutions that are responsive and sensitive to our collective history, experiences, culture and values.
Yellowhead Tribal Services Authority (YTSA)
This page highlights the Open Custom Adoption Program. The first of its kind in Canada to combine customary First Nation adoption practices with provincial adoption. Adoptions are “open” and celebrated with ceremony by community.
Where are the Children: Healing the Legacies of Residential Schools
This site offers a number of testimonials and personal accounts of life in the Residential School system, as well as an examination of the Residential School system on the whole. Also highlighted are specific Métis accounts of the hardships endured during this period of injustice.
Indigenous Child Welfare Research Network
This site serves as a gateway providing information surrounding research projects and relevant child welfare associated organizations. Also highlighted on the website are upcoming events and information surrounding future opportunities for Aboriginal youth.
Métis National Council
As the governing body of all provincial Métis Nations, the Métis National Council page provides various Métis specific resources, as well as links to all of the provincial nation’s websites.
The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA)
The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) has a long history. Since its inception in 1928, it has existed to advocate on behalf of and meet the needs and aspirations of Métis people in Alberta. The site offers an array of information around current and past Métis activities and programs in Alberta.
Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF)
The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) is the official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Métis people of Manitoba. The site provides a vast amount of information surrounding Métis projects and programs in Manitoba.
Métis Nation Saskatchewan (MNS)
The Métis Nation – Saskatchewan represents the Métis people of Saskatchewan. Its legislative assembly has the authority to enact legislation and resolutions regarding the affairs and conduct of the Métis people of Saskatchewan. The site offers insight into Métis programs and services in Saskatchewan.
The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO)
In 1993, the Métis Nation of Ontario was established through the will of Métis people and Métis communities coming together throughout Ontario to create a Métis-specific governance structure. The site provides information on Métis specific programs and services in Ontario.
BC Métis Federation (BCMF)
The BC Métis Federation (BCMF) is a non-profit association that works with Métis communities to ensure the well being of grassroots BCMF members. This site offers Métis resources and information surrounding current events that affect the Métis among other things.
Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC)
MNBC is the designated political body for the Métis community in British Columbia. This site offers various Métis specific resources and information surrounding specific Métis initiatives in British Columbia and obtaining one's Metis card. MNBC is not the contact for child welfare related issues or concerns, the Metis Commission for Children and Families is the appropriate body for that.
MNBC Employment and Training Programs
This site highlights the Métis Employment & Training Program (METP). The program was devised to improve the employment potential, earning capacity and self-sufficiency of Métis people in British Columbia.The page offers specific information regarding program guidelines and principles as well as client eligibility criteria.
Canada Council on Learning
This website provides detailed information and reports on various challenges facing Métis, as well as other Aboriginal groups.
Métis Culture and Heritage Resource Center
Highlighted on this site is the Claiming Ourselves Genealogy Project. This site also provides various information regarding Métis specific programs and services.
Métis National Council: Historical On-line Database
This page offers numerous categories for historical research surrounding family genealogy. A great resource for people looking to develop their family tree, and trace their genealogy.
National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO)
NAHO works for the advancement and promotion of health and well-being of all First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, families and communities. The Métis Centre within NAHO strives to develop accessible, culturally relevant and safe health and well-being information for a variety of audiences including, but not limited to, researchers, governments, and Métis individuals, families, and communities.
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The Community Toolbox
The Community Tool Box is a global resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities. This is a great resource for social work practitioners, as well as anyone working towards building stronger communities.