Terms of Reference signed for collaborative work by Canada, Yukon and Yukon First Nations as part of reform of Indigenouschild and family services
KWANLIN, YT, March 18, 2019 /CNW/ - Indigenous Services Canada, the Government of Yukon's Department of Health and Social Services, and Carcross/Tagish
Established in 2018, the Trilateral Table has provided the first real opportunity for all three parties to work together to improve child and family services for Yukon First Nations. The signing of Terms of Reference is a first step in the Trilateral Table's work to facilitate information-sharing, and undertake collaborative decision-making on priorities, program implementation and resources. The vision of its members is for First Nations children to have equitable opportunities to grow up safely at home with their families.
The Trilateral Table's first priority will be the development of a work plan which will guide its work, including:
The Trilateral Table's work will be accomplished through inclusive, equitable and collaborative government-to-government-to-government relationships, with equal and shared decision-making authority, responsibility and accountability among its members.
Together, partners in Yukon are working toward reducing the number of First Nations children in care, increasing proactive support for children and their families, and supporting children to grow up with strong connections to their language and culture.
"Indigenous children and families need to stay together. I'm confident that the collaborative tripartite process established between my department, Yukon First Nations and the Government of Yukon will help bring this about, allowing more Yukon First Nations children to grow up in safe and caring environments, knowing who they are and where they come from. I wish the Trilateral Table on the Wellbeing of Yukon First Nations Children and Families every success, and look forward to seeing the results of your work."
The Honourable Seamus O'Regan, P.C., M.P.Minister of Indigenous Services
"We recognize that reform is a collective responsibility and we all have to take action. It has to start at the community level with First Nations governments as full partners leading the way with new approaches based on prevention. We must address the healing of trauma. We need to be innovative and customize programs and services to meet the needs of our individual communities. Given our small population in Yukon and our close relationships we have the opportunity to develop best practices and best models. The Trilateral Table will advance our strong vision of healthy children, families and communities connected to their culture and language. It is only by working together that we will improve outcomes."
The Honourable Pauline Frost Minister, Health and Social Services, Government of Yukon
"The creation of the first-ever trilateral table for children and families is an opportunity for collaboration to address the overrepresentation of First Nations in the child welfare system. It is imperative that Yukon First Nations are equal partners in decisions impacting our children."
Grand Chief Peter JohnstonCouncil of Yukon First Nations
"We are happy to have Lori Duncan (Director of C/TFN Health and Wellness Department and Representative of the Health and Social Development Commission) at the table with the Government of Canada and Yukon Government to discuss the wellbeing of Yukon First Nations children and families. Lori will bring a rural community perspective as we are the only rural First Nation community at the table. It is a great opportunity for us and we will focus on prevention, capacity and family programming as we are aiming at healing on the land for our community."
Deputy Haa Shaa du Hen Maria BenoitCarcross/Tagish First Nation
"We want children and families to have the resources and support they need to lead safe, healthy lives in their home communities. It is important to ensure federal child welfare funding is allocated to relevant First Nation programs where they can have the greatest effect. When providing support to Indigenous children and their families, in the Yukon, it is important to ensure the programs and services are culturally appropriate and that a more wholistic approach is taken – and in a way that benefits our children in the long term."
Chief Doris BillKwanlin Dün First Nation
Indigenous Services Canada
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SOURCE Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)
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