Since 2003, the Southern First Nations Network of Care in collaboration with our 10 member Agencies has been delivering culturally appropriate child and family services to First Nations members (and others who choose the Southern Network) throughout Manitoba.
It is a historic agreement that all agreed would address the serious problems in the child and family services system in Manitoba and move recommendations forward for a major restructuring of the system.
It is a child and family service system that recognizes and supports the rights of children to develop within safe and healthy families and communities, and recognizes that First Nations and Metis peoples have unique authority, rights and responsibilities to honour and care for their children.
The road to get there began with a jointly coordinated child and family services system that recognizes the distinct rights and authorities of First Nations and Metis peoples and the general population to control and deliver their own child and family services province-wide; that is community-based; and reflects and incorporates the cultures of First Nations, Metis and the general population respectively.
The Aboriginal Justice Inquiry – Child Welfare Initiative (AJI-CWI) was launched in 2000 by the Manitoba government in partnership with First Nations and Metis leaders, in response to the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry Report (1991). The Report documented many serious problems in the child and family services system in Manitoba and recommended a major restructuring.
The following Agencies are mandated by the Southern Network.