Delegated Aboriginal agencies: How resourcing affects service delivery
This report by British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth presents the findings of interviews with front-line protection workers and supervisors of seventeen Delegated Aboriginal Agencies (DAAs). A lack of equitable and clear funding arrangements with provincial and federal governments create significant barriers for DAAs to deliver quality child welfare services. The report explores the various challenges DAA staff face as a result of underfunding including staff retention and reduced abilities to meet child welfare standards. Report recommendations include ensuring equitable funding to DAAs akin to those provided to their provincial counterparts, but in ways that reflect the unique needs of Indigenous families as impacted by colonization. The report is meant to serve as a standard for which future improvements can be measured against.