The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is Hosting a Special Summit on Child Family Services (CFS) Reform

by ahnationtalk on January 3, 2018351 Views

WINNIPEG,  SCO is hosting a two-day special summit on CFS which will gather leaders, elders, experts and front line workers to identify specific, tangible, and community-driven solutions to reform the current child welfare system in Manitoba.

The Manitoba Government has announced their intention to make significant changes to the existing CFS system that deliver better outcomes for children and youth, including indigenous children. “Reforming the current CFS system is a major priority of our government. Collaboration and partnership with Indigenous leaders and communities who know best about the care, health and safety of their children and youth is a fundamental part of our reform plan” said Minister of Families Scott Fielding. “This summit is a key pillar of our strategy to engage First Nations on the creation of reforms to improve the CFS system and keep more children within their home communities and family networks.”

Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization reiterated that the solution to reform the current CFS system has to come from the communities and be community driven, “SCO Member Nations want a system where children remain in their respective communities in cases of apprehension. Sandy Bay is a clear example of a community which has developed a good customary model where apprehended children stay in their community as much as possible”.

Sandy Bay First Nation Located approximately 2 hours North West of Winnipeg, has developed a new and innovative approach to child welfare within their agency. The approach focuses on keeping families together through prevention initiatives, reunification and keeping children within their extended family and community.

Chief Lance Roulette of Sandy Bay First Nation states “Our children are our main & most import resource. They are the future of our communities. Keeping children in the community enables them to be near their natural social environment and also contributes to the protection of our culture & languages.”

“Representing Anishinaabe, Cree and Dakota First Nations in Southern Manitoba”

The SCO special summit aims to ensure that any changes that are put forward by the province are developed collaboratively and in partnership with First Nations. The summit will serve as a platform to create greater awareness and launch an ongoing dialogue about potential changes to the CFS system and associated legislation. First Nations leadership will bring forward their specific approach to empower more community-driven planning, solutions and decision making to ensure that CFS prevention and intervention programs protect, preserve, promote and enhance First Nations peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs and traditions in the spirit of the Treaty relationship.

The SCO special summit on CFS will take place on January 10-11, 2018, in Winnipeg, at Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park.

The Southern Chiefs Organization represents 34 First Nations located in southern part of the province of Manitoba, Canada. For more information on SCO, visit .

For more information, contact Natalie Daniels at 204-946-1869 or via email



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