Indigenous Relations

The Department of Families is committed to working with Indigenous partners and incorporating truth and reconciliation into its work.  The department is guided by The Path to Reconciliation Act and seeks to build stronger relationships with Indigenous individuals, communities, and organizations. 

Indigenous Jurisdiction Transition Office

The Indigenous Jurisdiction Transition Office within the Department of Families was established in recognition of the importance of Indigenous governments exercising their inherent right to jurisdiction over child and family services.  The Office provides dedicated provincial resources for the implementation of Indigenous jurisdiction under the federal Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families.

The Office is responsible for participating in trilateral coordination discussions with Indigenous governments and Canada. The Office implements provincial responsibilities of finalized agreements, and works with other provincial departments and partners to assist in the transition to Indigenous child family services law and jurisdiction.