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Our Indigenous Community Commitment

We are on a journey of truth, reconciliation and healing.

Between 1965 and 1984, thousands of Indigenous children were removed from their homes and placed with non-Indigenous families. Those affected lost all contact with their children and families. They also lost critical connection to their language, culture and identity.

In October 2017, The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies hosted a gathering called “A Moment on the Path” at Geneva Park and Rama First Nation to acknowledge and apologize for the harmful role child welfare has played historically, and continues to play, in the lives of Ontario Indigenous children, families, and communities.

Arising from this gathering were nine commitments of reconciliation, including reducing the number of indigenous children in care, implementing mandatory Indigenous training for staff and more.

As a part of this journey, Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County has been committed to collaborating with First Nation, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) communities and organizations to help ensure that Indigenous children and families are served in a way that leads to reconciliation.  We do this in a manner consistent with the principles of the Ontario-First Nations Political Accord of 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Calls To Action and the 2017 OACAS Apology to First Nations