Taking Action to Help Aboriginal Children
Aboriginal Children and Youth Strategy
Ontario is committed to building stronger relationships with First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Aboriginal partners by working together to improve the outcomes and quality of life of Aboriginal children, youth and families.
Together with Aboriginal partners, Ontario will develop an Aboriginal Children and Youth Strategy that includes:
- Identifying services that are needed by First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and urban Aboriginal children, youth and their families.
- Increasing control for Aboriginal communities in designing and delivering services for local children and youth.
- Recognizing the local needs and priorities of different First Nation, Métis, Inuit and urban Aboriginal communities.
- Promoting the delivery of culturally based services that better meet the needs of each community.
Aboriginal Children and Youth Investments
Ontario has made it a priority to understand the priorities of Aboriginal communities and has taken action to support them by:
- Providing nearly $194,000 to Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres to deliver Student Nutrition Program, which supplies healthy snacks and meals to children and youth participating in the Akwe:go and Wasa Nabin Urban Aboriginal child and youth programs.
- Supporting new mothers through the $8.5 million Aboriginal Health Babies, Healthy Children program.
- Providing $4.5 million in partnership with Right to Play to support the development of leadership skills among Aboriginal youth.
- Providing $22.4 million for child well-being and prevention services to First Nations communities for assessment, counselling and residential services to address social, emotional and behavioural problems.
- Protecting and providing an additional $2.1 million in funding to Aboriginal Children's Aid Societies.
- Committing $6.25 million for over 80 new Aboriginal Mental Health and Addictions Workers to provide culturally-appropriate mental health and addictions services through 30 Aboriginal agencies across the province.