On June 21, 2019, Bill C-92 An Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families became law. The Bill is a huge and unprecedented step forward in Canada. It is the first time the federal government has exercised its jurisdiction to legislate in the area of Indigenous child welfare.
In this article, we identify both the improvements in Bill C-92 since our last report as well as key problems that remain in the five following areas: 1) National Standards 2) Jurisdiction 3) Funding 4) Accountability 5) Data Collection We also suggest strategies to assist Indigenous communities in trying to work with the new law.
Naiomi Walqwan Metallic, Hadley Friedland, & Sarah Morales, The Promise and Pitfalls of C-92: An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Children, Youth and Families (Toronto: Yellowhead Institute, 2019).