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Aboriginal communities

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The role of Aboriginal communities

First Nations, Aboriginal and Métis communities have very specific needs and face particular challenges. Children from these communities grow up in a unique social and cultural context, including:

  • the importance of preserving a child's Aboriginal identity
  • the specific role of Aboriginal communities in ensuring the safety and well-being of Aboriginal children

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The role of non-Aboriginal service providers

Non-Aboriginal service providers working with Aboriginal children should make every effort to involve Aboriginal communities in areas such as:

  • acquiring information to help assess levels of risk
  • identifying services to reduce these risks
  • planning and delivering culturally appropriate and accessible services
  • aiding in preserving the child's cultural identity
  • reuniting Aboriginal children with their culture, extended family and community
  • identifying appropriate out-of-home placement resources
  • participating with protection and continuing custody hearings involving Aboriginal children

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