VICTORIA – The Ministry of Children and Family Development and the political executive of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations, the First Nations Summit and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs who form the First Nations Leadership Council have signed a Recognition and Reconciliation Protocol on First Nations Children, Youth and Families, an agreement to establish a common vision for First Nations child and family wellness in B.C.

“We have made significant progress in building a relationship of trust in working with First Nations since the Tsawwassen Accord in 2002. Over the last year in particular, discussions with First Nations leaders have been constructive to move forward with a nation to nation relationship
that respects First Nation jurisdiction over children and families,” said Tom Christensen, Minister of Children and Family Development. “This protocol advances our shared goal of improving outcomes for First Nations children and families.”

The protocol establishes the principles upon which the First Nations Leadership Council and the Ministry of Children and Family Development will continue to work together, as well as a framework to support First Nations communities to exercise jurisdiction and responsibility for children, youth and families.