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Taking Action to Help Aboriginal Children

McGuinty Government Engaging with Aboriginal Partners on a Children and Youth Strategy

Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Ontario is working with First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Aboriginal peoples to transform services to better meet the needs of Aboriginal children and young people.

Working together with Aboriginal partners, Ontario will develop a multi-year Aboriginal Children and Youth Strategy. Responding to the recommendations from the Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare and former Ontario Aboriginal Advisor, John Beaucage, the strategy will focus on building community-driven, integrated and culturally appropriate supports to help Aboriginal children and young people grow up healthy and reach their full potential.

Helping Aboriginal children and young people get the supports they need is part of the McGuinty government's plan to improve quality of life for Aboriginal communities and ensure children and youth have every opportunity for success.

Quick Facts

  • According to the 2006 Census, 27 per cent of Aboriginal people in Ontario were under the age of 15.
  • More than 80 new Aboriginal Mental Health and Addictions workers are being hired to help more than 4,000 Aboriginal children and youth living in high needs communities.
  • More than $6 million is provided annually to Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres for the Akwe:go and Wasa Nabin urban Aboriginal child and youth programs.

Background Information

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Quotes

“Working together with First Nations and Aboriginal leaders to create a plan to deliver services in a more holistic and culturally appropriate manner will ensure that Aboriginal children and young people can reach their full potential.”

Laurel Broten

Minister of Children and Youth Services

“Children in Ontario First Nation communities deserve every opportunity to thrive. It is important to work with First Nations to design programs that address their unique needs.”

Chris Bentley

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

“To provide a healthy and optimistic future for our children, we must demonstrate the collective courage to act to make change now. The development of a strategy will put our children first.”

John Beaucage

Former Ontario Aboriginal Advisor

Media Contacts

  • Daniel Skilleter

    Minister’s Office

    416-212-3394

  • Gloria Bacci-Puhl

    Ministry of Children and Youth Services

    416-325-5156

  • For general inquiries from the public: call toll-free

    1-866-821-7770

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