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Our Authority

The Metis Child and Family Services Authority is a non-profit organization responsible for the administration and provision of child and family services by the agencies under its jurisdiction, Metis Child and Family Community Services and Michif Child and Family Services.

As Bill C-92, An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families comes into fruition, our responsibilities as a CFS organization have never been higher. The Métis will soon fall under federal jurisdiction and be recognized as an independent nation responsible for the care of its own children.

We are excited to have the independence and freedom to protect and care for our children in a safe and culturally appropriate environment. As we work toward increased independence and improved systematic functionality, our children continue to grow as Inuit and Métis children on the Red River Metis homeland.

We will continue to provide our children with the best care possible, and continually ask ourselves "is it good for the child?"

Our Background

In 1988 the Manitoba Government launched a Public Inquiry into the Administration of Justice and Aboriginal People, commonly known as the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry (AJI). The mandate of this Inquiry was to examine the relationship between Indigenous people and the justice system, and to suggest ways it might be improved.

The report was released in 1991. The first line in the introduction states, "The justice system has failed Manitoba's Aboriginal people on a massive scale."

In late November 1999 the Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission was created to develop an action plan based on the original Aboriginal Justice Inquiry recommendations. Only months later, on February 22, 2000 The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) and the Province of Manitoba signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which would lead to the creation of a child and family services system for Métis people throughout Manitoba.

The agreement recognized that Métis People were entitled to develop effective, community-based, child and family services which reflect our unique Indigenous status, as well as our cultural and linguistic heritage

The Child and Family Services Authorities Act was proclaimed on November 24, 2003, which led to the creation of the Metis Child and Family Services Authority. This Authority is still working diligently to advocate and protect Métis children, and be a governing body over its two agencies, Metis Child and Family Community Services and Michif Child and Family Services.

Our Vision

Strong and vibrant Métis and Inuit families with safe and healthy children.

Our Mission

Metis Child and Family Services Authority contributes to strong and healthy Métis and Inuit families and communities through culture, values and heritage supported through the wisdom of our Elders.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Ensure daily practice is guided by asking ourselves "Is It Good For The Children?"
  • Change the landscape and history of child welfare practices through recognizing the importance of reconciliation, culture and family.
  • Recognize the responsibility for decision-making stays with the family, extended family and community whenever possible.
  • Provide community-based supports to our agencies that mirror the needs of the children and families.
  • Recognize the importance of reflecting family values through our service delivery.
  • Apply the wisdom of Elders to guide our decisions and service practices that we know will impact future generations.
  • Respect and honor the diverse individuality of all people.
  • Support our agencies to build capacity within the original family unit to care for and provide a safe environment for their children.

Our Agencies

Metis Child and Family Community Services

Mission

Metis families and communities have the right and responsibility to care for children. Metis Child, Family and Community Services will work to strengthen the capacity of families to care for children through culturally relevant community-based programs. We believe in the inherent strength of our families and in the need to build on the capacity of our community to care for and nurture Metis children.

Jurisdiction

Winnipeg Region | Southeast Region | Interlake Region
Michif Child and Family Services.

Guiding Principles

  1. Metis families and communities are the cornerstone of the Metis Nation and the service delivery system must reflect this vision.
  2. The family is the center of Inuit culture and cooperation and sharing are basic principles in Inuit society.
  3. Responsibility for decision-making regarding Metis and Inuit children and families lies with the family, extended family and community whenever possible.
  4. The organizational structure promotes and supports community governance at all levels.
  5. The service delivery system will encompass both formal and informal elements.
  6. The service delivery system must be operated in an efficient and effective manner.
  7. The service delivery system will be outcome-based and will reflect the core guiding principles of Michif Child and Family Services.

Jurisdiction

Southwest Region | Northwest Region | The Pas, Thompson Regions
Please visit us online at: https://www.metisauthority.com

Contact
Email: info@metisauthority.com
Phone: (204) 949-0220

Media inquiries: kat.patenaude@mmf.mb.ca,

If you think a child is being harmed or neglected, contact CFS at 1-866-345-9241.
If you are reporting an URGENT CHILD PROTECTION ISSUE please contact ANCR at 1-888-945-2627

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

B300-150 Henry Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 0J7

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