Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge the sacred land on which we operate on is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinabek, the Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis from across Turtle Island.

We also acknowledge that York Region operates on a territory that is the subject to the Wampum Belt Covenant and the Dish with One Spoon Treaty, an agreement to peaceably share, and care for the resources around the great lakes. We also seek to honour the Chippewas of Georgina Island, the closest Indigenous community.

York Region Children’s Aid Society is committed to the Truth and Reconciliation process and journey to support and promote Indigenous wellbeing.

Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services

On February 28, 2019, the child welfare mandate was restored to Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services to serve all Indigenous families in south central Ontario.

Founded in 1998, Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services is a multi-service Indigenous wellbeing agency that provides a stable foundation for children, youth, and families through wraparound services that are culturally-based and family-focused. Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services delivers services to eight First Nation communities, seeking to support families in the way they deserve, with care and authenticity, and by recognizing and respecting spirit.

The trailblazing work of Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services is clearing a path for inspiring, ground-breaking work that helps, heals, and changes lives.

York Region Children’s Aid Society is honoured to work alongside Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services.

Indigenous Identity and Heritage

Our Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation

On June 6, 2017, the Ontario child welfare sector unanimously agreed to prioritize Reconciliation with Indigenous communities through nine key commitments. Each Children’s Aid Society (CAS) has committed to:

Reduce Children In Care

Reduce the number of Indigenous children in care.

Reduce the Number of Legal Files

Reduce the number of legal files involving Indigenous children and families.

Formal Customary Care Agreements

Increase the use of formal customary care* agreements.

Indigenous Representation and Involvement

Ensure Indigenous representation and involvement at the local Board of Directors.

Staff Training

Implement mandatory Indigenous training for staff.

Jordan’s Principle

Change their inter-agency protocol to include Jordan’s Principle** as a fundamental principle.

Develop a Unique Agency-Based Plan

In consultation with the Indigenous communities, develop a unique agency-based plan to better address the needs of the children and families from those communities.

Develop Relationships

Continue to develop relationships between their agency and the local Indigenous communities.

Historical Files

Assist those individuals wanting to see their historical files by accessing and providing the information they request.

*Customary care leaves the responsibility for the care of the child with the Indigenous community.

**Jordan’s Principle is a child-first principle aimed at ensuring that services to First Nations children are not denied, delayed, or disrupted due to jurisdictional disputes. The principle is named for Jordan River Anderson, a young boy from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. Learn more here.