Indigenous Peoples Day is a good time for us to share information about some of the work we are doing in the spirit of reconciliation. We have recently partnered with the Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton and the Hamilton Executive Director’s Aboriginal Coalition to strike an Indigenous Child Welfare Collaborative. The collaborative has been meeting regularly to begin the important work of relationship development to achieve our agency and sector commitments. The purpose of the Indigenous Child Welfare Collaborative is to work together to develop strategies and pathways for a coordinated approach to services and wraparound support for Indigenous children and families.
This follows the work done last year when children’s aid societies and Indigenous groups from across the province met to hear an apology from the Ontario child welfare sector for the role it has played and continues to play in the disruption of indigenous families and societies.
Today, our Indigenous Employee Resource Group distributed to all staff a booklet containing the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and a resource guide to Indigenous services in Hamilton. They also hosted a lunch and learn with information about how to become a better ally. There is much to do and much to learn.