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Social Development / Capacity Building

In 1998 and October 2002, MFCJS established a provincial Social Development/Capacity Building contract in partnership with the former Department of Community Resources and Employment (DCRE), and currently holds a multi-year agreement with the Ministry of Social Services.

Over the years, MFCJS has assisted in the establishment of Social Development Agreements in Meadow Lake and Yorkton as well as expansion of an existing agreement in Fort Qu'Appelle.

The concept for a Co-Management Strategy was initially discussed in 2003 at a meeting between the MN-S, MFCJS and the  Minister of DCRE.  A Joint Planning Session was held on February 19th and 20th of 2004 to further clarify roles/processes and identifies key prevention and diversion activities, which could be delivered within our communities through partnerships at the provincial and regional levels.  Although the Co-management strategy has not been implemented, it may be revisited in the future.

Child Welfare

The Ministry of First Nations and Métis Relations (FNMR) provided funding to MFCJS in the spring of 2010 to facilitate consultation activities in the 12Metis regions regarding child welfare issues.  A comprehensive report from these meetings was submitted to the Saskatchewan Child Welfare Review Panel & FNMR on June 22nd, 2010 as part of the review panel's consultation phase which ended June 30th 2010. (Select the link below for a PDF copy of the report "Métis Children and Families: Directions for the Future" submitted by MFCJS.)

In February 2011, the Ministry of Social Services responded with positive feedback with various commitments for the redesign of child welfare in Saskatchewan.  One commitment that was announced was in support of recommendation #2 put forth by the SK Child Welfare Review Panel, it reads as follows:

Make safe, culturally appropriate care for all Aboriginal children and youth a priority through a planned deliberate transition to First Nations and Métis control of child welfare and preventive family support services.

(To read all of the recommendations from the Review Panel you can download the PDF report here.)

For the fiscal year of 2011-2012 MFCJS was provided funding to develop a Framework for a Saskatchewan Métis Child Welfare Model.  This Framework is based on findings of community workshops and was presented to seventy (70) people in Prince Albert on March 3rd, 2012 at a Métis Gathering of Regional Area Directors, Senators, Local Presidents, Youth Representatives and local members from thirty-eight (38) Locals.  A record of that gathering can be downloaded here  . 

The Framework was submitted to First Nations & Métis Relations and the Ministry of Social Services on March 26th, 2012.  A copy was sent to all MN-S Local Presidents, Area Directors and Senators.

MFCJS invites comments in written form specifically regarding the Framework or other concerns regarding the well being of our Métis children.  Comments can be submitted by email to:

or addressed to:

MFCJS

1937 Ontario Ave

Saskatoon, SK  S7K  1T5

In October of 2013 The Ministry of Social Services Child and Family Services implemented the Flexible Response Pilot. The program invited representatives from Indian Child and Family Service Agencies, MFCJS, and Mobile Crisis the opportunity to review intakes for the the Saskatoon region to and advocate for families. In its third year the program has proven to reduce the number of children in care in Saskatchewan, and has helped to identify gaps in services available to the community. Flexibile Response is now being introduced to other regions of Saskatchewan.

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