The second Gathering Today For Our Aboriginal Children’s Future, held on November 30th 2010, provided another opportunity for Chairs of Delegated First Nation Agencies (DFNA), Representatives of First Nations served by Child and Family Services Authorities (CFSA), and Co-Chairs of CFSAs to come together as a governance group to discuss issues concerning Aboriginal children and youth in care, and their families.
The Honourable Yvonne Fritz, Minister of Children and Youth Services, hosted the November 30th 2010 governance meeting. The purpose of this meeting was to report on progress made on each of the Next Steps indicated in the Report of the inaugural meeting, and to provide another opportunity for the governors to strengthen the relationship between DFNAs and CFSAs.
One of the items committed to at the inaugural gathering was the development of a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Provincial Government, Alberta First Nations and the Federal Government. The Deputy Minister, Steve MacDonald, reported that there have been several meetings with DFNA and CFSA technicians, and Representatives from Treaty 6, 7 and 8 Treaty Organizations to identify the steps to be taken, the best way to proceed, and the issues to be addressed. The Deputy Minister hoped that a business case and an invitation to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) to be at the table would be ready for review and approval before Christmas. He also pointed out that there is a strong interest in having the MOU drafted before the end of this fiscal year, that is, by March 31st 2011….click to read more