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A First Nations Child and Family Services Agency (FNCFS)

Monthly Updates

Complete the FNCFS questionnaire HERE
 

August 2022


Many people are feeling pressure from price increases in food, clothing, and the cost of living.  In June 2022, inflation was 8.1% higher than the previous year (June 2021).  When working with First Nations and FNCFS agencies, we have heard concerns and challenges associated to increasing levels of inflation.

From a program funding perspective, inflation adjustments alone will not address broader issues of underfunding. Inflation adjustments do not replace program funding that is adequate for the needs of a First Nation.  If a program area is underfunded relative to need, it will remain insufficient even with an inflation adjustment.

IFSD’s Chief Economist, Dr. Mostafa Askari, prepared a primer on inflation and two approaches to remedy underfunding in First Nations program funding.  You can read the full note here.

Questions? Contact Dr. Helaina Gaspard (helaina.gaspard@ifsd.ca | (613) 983-8461).

IFSD is writing to share its monthly update on First Nations child and family services (FNCFS) reform (updates will continue monthly).  Feel free to share this update with colleagues or invite them to join our mailing list (info@ifsd.ca).


July 2022


First Nations Child and Family Services (FNCFS) Project 

To better support young people transitioning out of the care of child and family services, best practices in post-majority services are being identified by youth with lived experiences and the organizations that offer that support. From housing to life skills, we have heard from FNCFS agencies about what they are doing and what they hope to do to deliver post-majority supports.  

Do you have an approach or program in post-majority support to share? Get in touch with IFSD

While we learn from you, IFSD has been working to compile existing frameworks and research to help understand the costs of designing and delivering post-majority supports and services. 

The Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G), an Indigenous youth-led organization prepared a report based on the experiences of children in care.  The report, Children Back, Land Back : A Follow-Up Report of First Nations Youth in Care Advisors, includes actions (past, present, and future) to support children and youth in contact with child and family services.

Hear from Dr. Melanie Doucet about the framework she has developed with former youth in care for post-majority supports standards in the mainstream system. The standards document and summary are available online.

Here is a summary of the framework proposed. Link to the full report can be found here.

Equitable Standard 

Description 

Financial  

Every young person should have the financial resources required to meet their needs. Youth in care deserve to have a financial starting point that is above the poverty line and allows them to pursue their career interests and dreams. 

Educational and Professional Development 

Every young person should experience an environment where they can learn and grow in ways that are meaningful to them and at their own pace. 

Housing 

Every young person should have a place they can call home without strict rules and conditions to abide by. 

Relationships 

Every young person should have people in their life that they can count on unconditionally and interdependently. 

Culture and Spirituality 

Every young person should be connected to their culture and spirituality, in ways that are meaningful to them, safe, and at their own pace. 

Health and Wellbeing 

Every young person should be provided with timely ongoing services and benefits that support their lifelong health and well-being. 

Advocacy and Rights 

Every young person should have their rights respected and should experience environments where their voices are heard. 

Emerging Adulthood Development 

Every young person should experience environments that cultivate personal growth and development as they transition into adulthood. 

A friendly reminder that we are still accepting completed questionnaires. Our team is available to support completion in the way that works best for you.
 
The questionnaire is available online.

This is our chance. Help ensure that we do better together for children and families.

Questions? Contact Dr. Helaina Gaspard (helaina.gaspard@ifsd.ca | (613) 983-8461).

IFSD is writing to share its fourth monthly update on First Nations child and family services (FNCFS) reform (updates will continue monthly).  Feel free to share this update with colleagues or invite them to join our mailing list (info@ifsd.ca).


May 2022


First Nations Child and Family Services (FNCFS) Project 

IFSD is writing to share its second monthly update on First Nations child and family services (FNCFS) reform (updates will continue monthly).  Feel free to share this update with colleagues or invite them to join our mailing list

This is a call to action. 

Past contributions of data from FNCFS agencies have been the foundation for the negotiation of long-term reform by establishing funding gaps, needs, and the desired future state.

This is about those doing the work for children and families defining and refining the approach.

Together, we can:

  1. Rethink the funding structure
  2. Rework the funding level
  3. Redefine accountability (for local control)

IFSD is asking for your help once more to get this right.  The questionnaire is about collecting data to lay the foundations for a renewed system focused on holistic well-being. Data is critical to help define baselines, build budgets, and cost the system into the future. 

This is not a hypothetical exercise.  This data collection is about setting the course for reform for care and control of delivery in child and family services.

  1. IFSD needs more FNCFS agencies to complete the questionnaire.  To date, there are fewer than 10% of all FNCFS agencies that have submitted a questionnaire.
    1. IFSD is extending the deadline to complete the questionnaire to June 30, 2022.
    2. All FNCFS agencies that submit their questionnaire will receive a $300 gift card to an outlet of their choice (e.g., Amazon, Shoppers, Tim Horton’s, Canadian Tire, etc.).
    3. The questionnaire is critical to cost analysis.  The more FNCFS agencies that share their actual information, the more reflective the cost analysis of current experiences.
  2. IFSD is grateful to the FNCFS agencies that volunteered to serve as collaborators in this project. We look forward to working together. 
    1. In the June update, the characteristics and/or names (collaborators’ choice) of the collaborating FNCFS agencies will be announced.

Our thanks to those FNCFS agencies who have already completed and shared their questionnaires!
 
Questions? Contact Dr. Helaina Gaspard (helaina.gaspard@ifsd.ca | (613) 983-8461). 2022.
 


April 2022


First Nations Child and Family Services (FNCFS) Project 

IFSD is writing to share its first monthly update on First Nations child and family services (FNCFS) reform (updates will continue monthly).  Feel free to share this update with colleagues or invite them to join our mailing list.

In January 2022, after years at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT), the parties came to an agreement in principle (AIP).
 
As the parties continue to negotiate a final agreement, there is an opportunity to shape the reform of the First Nations child and family services (FNCFS) system to focus on well-being.
 
IFSD is working with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), the Caring Society, and the National Advisory Committee (NAC) to provide research support and analysis for long-term reform.
 
We need your perspective to get this right. 
 

This work is about building First Nation-based delivery models that transform organizational strategy, people, process, and systems.  It is intended to build capacity and an enhanced bottom-up planning framework, while building confidence among stakeholders.

 
IFSD remains grateful and humbled by the commitment, trust, and generosity FNCFS agencies have shown us over the past four years.  From sharing data and wise practices to welcoming us to your offices, our past work (on costing the FNCFS system and proposing a well-being focused funding approach) work would not have been possible without you.
 
We are respectfully asking once more for your help.
 
How can I participate?
 
Share your experience as an FNCFS agency on programming, funding, and capital needs by completing a questionnaire by May 27, 2022

Our thanks to those FNCFS agencies who have already completed and shared their questionnaires!
 
You can complete the questionnaire on your own OR set a virtual one-on-one meeting with IFSD to complete the questionnaire.
 
Contact Dr. Helaina Gaspard (helaina.gaspard@ifsd.ca | (613) 983-8461) to share your completed questionnaire or set a meeting time before May 27, 2022.
 
Any data shared will only be used for the purposes of this project. Participants can
withdraw at any time and any data they shared will be destroyed.  Learn more about IFSD’s privacy and data management practices here.
 
In addition, IFSD is seeking 10 volunteer FNCFS agencies to serve as in-depth collaborators for this work (approximately 1.5-year commitment). 
 
If your FNCFS agency is interested in serving as a volunteer, contact Dr. Helaina Gaspard (helaina.gaspard@ifsd.ca | (613) 983-8461) before May 13, 2022. 
 
IFSD will be working to balance various characteristics, e.g., region, geography, size of the population served, etc.  We are very open to volunteers but will not be able to accept all volunteers (as much as we would like to). Resources are available to help defray the costs of participation.
 
Questions? Contact Dr. Helaina Gaspard (helaina.gaspard@ifsd.ca | (613) 983-8461).