Improving Supports To Aboriginal Children And Youth
McGuinty Government Appoints First Aboriginal Advisor On Child Welfare
Ontario has appointed John Beaucage as Aboriginal Advisor to the Minister of Children and Youth Services Laurel Broten.
Mr. Beaucage will help improve services for Aboriginal children and youth, both on and off reserve by providing advice on Aboriginal child welfare issues for a period of one year. He will also be available as an expert resource to the Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare.
A former Grand Council Chief of the Anishinabek Nation and current Chief Executive Officer of the Lake Huron Anishinabek Transmission Company, Mr. Beaucage is a strong advocate for First Nations health, environmental responsibility and child welfare.The appointment of an Aboriginal Advisor continues Ontario's efforts to improve supports for Aboriginal children and youth to ensure they have every opportunity to succeed.
- Aboriginal children and youth account for approximately 35 per cent of the Aboriginal population in Ontario
- The Aboriginal Advisor will facilitate discussions with Aboriginal leaders on Aboriginal child welfare issues, and provide advice on Aboriginal child welfare policy matters
- Approximately 21 per cent of Ontario's 9,000 Crown wards are Aboriginal children and youth of Indian or native heritage
- Six Aboriginal children's aid societies (CASs) provide Aboriginal child protection services in Ontario. Aboriginal children may also be served by non-Aboriginal CASs.
“By reaching out to Aboriginal communities and continuing to build trusting relationships, we will find solutions to strengthen services and supports for Aboriginal children and youth. I am looking forward to working with Mr. Beaucage and our Aboriginal communities to ensure we have the supports in place to help Aboriginal children and youth reach their full potential.”
“Mr. John Beaucage is an exceptional choice to serve as the Aboriginal Advisor to the Minister of Children and Youth Services. His experience, knowledge and passion will bring enhanced capacity, vision and action to help Aboriginal children and youth.”
“I am honoured to be a part of our province's efforts to help its Aboriginal communities. Experience teaches us that the best way to build solid relationships is to listen. I sincerely look forward to hearing from, and engaging with, Aboriginal leaders across the province in an effort to advise our government on how to better support our children and youth.”