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Northern First Nations Child Welfare Governance Council

Goals of the Northern First Nations Child Welfare Governance Council

The Northern First Nations Child Welfare Governance Council is representative of fifty-four (54) First Nations in the Northern British Columbia region regardless if they are currently under an existing Delegated Agency or not.

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The Northern First Nations Child Welfare Governance Council (NFNCWGC) has a specific focused on establishing and addressing the following but not limited to:

• Addressing the over-representation of Aboriginal Children In-Care in the North
• Developing culturally respectful and specific Northern Aboriginal Child Welfare legislation
• Developing and supporting the effective implementation of a Northern First Nations Child and Family Service Authority
• Developing better access to culturally relevant and respectful advocacy supports

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The Steps Forward to Self-Determination of Northern Child Welfare Governance

The NFNCWGC will observe the steps that the First Nations Health Council undertook to assume full control of health services for First Nations people in BC. The First Nations Health Council has laid the groundwork for effective, community-driven and self-determining steps towards full control of services for First Nations in BC. The NFNCWGC will emulate these steps and adapt specifically for the Northern BC focus of the NFNCWGC.

The NFNCWGC will be developing a 3-5 year strategic plan to reach its goals of assuming full control of child welfare for First Nations People in Northern BC.