Who We Are

Mission Statement

Provide reconciliation-based public education, research and support to promote the safety and wellbeing of First Nations children, young people, families and Nations. 
 

Vision Statement

Ensure First Nations children and their families have culturally based and equitable opportunities to grow up safely at home, be healthy, get a good education and be proud of who they are.
 

Core Values

  • Love, respect, honesty, transparency and integrity in our work and relationships.
  • Recognizing the rights of Indigenous children and families pursuant to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Respect for diverse First Nations cultures, languages, contexts and aspirations.
  • Honouring caring people and organizations who work respectfully with First Nations children, young people, families, communities and Nations.
  • Sharing our individual and collective resources to uplift, nurture and care for First Nations children, young people, families, communities and Nations.
  • Encouraging holistic knowledge and practices that support First Nations communities in caring for their children, young people and families.

Future Directions and Strategic Planning

1. Truth Telling

Ensure the safety and wellbeing of First Nations children, young people and families by facilitating the transfer of traditional knowledge and community-based solutions to guide and support families and others in c

1. Truth Telling

Ensure the safety and wellbeing of First Nations children, young people and families by facilitating the transfer of traditional knowledge and community-based solutions to guide and support families and others in caring for this generation of First Nations children and young people, and those that follow.

2. Acknowledging

Value the support from First Nations children, young people, families and Nations, our members and the many caring children, young people, adults, professionals and organizations that work with us.

3. Restoring

Address the evidence-based causes of disadvantage for First Nations children and young people by building on cultural strengths and supporting evidence-based solutions aligning with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

4. Relating

Support people in participating in meaningful reconciliation in ways that honour, respect and uplift First Nations children, young people, families and Nations and other peoples living in Canada.

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Board of Directors

 

Raymond Shingoose, President

Yorkton Tribal Council Child and Family Services Inc., Saskatchewan

 

Kenn Richard, Vice-President

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, Ontario

 

Judy Levi, Treasurer of the Board

New Brunswick Representative

 

Elsie Flette, Board Member

Manitoba Representative

 

Arlene Johnson, Board Member

Mi’kmaw Family and Children’s Services, Nova Scotia

 

Koren Lightning-Earle, Board Member

Kasohkowew Child Wellness Society, Alberta

 

Jessica Saunders, Board Member

Manitoba Representative
 

Mary Teegee, Board Member

Carrier Sekani Family Services, British Columbia

 

André Bear
Indigenous Nation Rebuilding, Ontario

Meet our Team

Staff Members

Brittany Mathews, BA
Director of Reconciliation & Policy
Cindy Blackstock
Cindy Blackstock, PhD (Social Work)
Executive Director
Daxton Rhead
Administrative Support
Harmony Eshkawkogan
Administrative Assistant
Jennifer King, MSW
Director of Programs & Operations
Jess Raby, MA
Education & Public Engagement Coordinator
Melisa Brittain, PhD
Policy & Research Coordinator
Molly Rasmussen, MA
Reconciliation & Research Coordinator
Sunny Mathews, BarkA
Reconciliation Dog
Tammy Morgan, BBA
Finance Officer & Human Resources Coordinator