Will First Nations Communities In Alberta Be Next To Pass Their Own Child Welfare Laws?

On January 1, 2020, Bill C-92 – an Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families – came into force. 

This Federal legislation affirms Indigenous peoples’ inherent right to exercise jurisdiction over child and family services and puts in place national principles—such as the best interests of the child, cultural continuity, and substantive equality to help guide the provision of Indigenous child and family services—across all jurisdictions.

It provides an opportunity for Indigenous peoples to choose their own solutions for their children and families and emphasizes the need for the system to shift from apprehension to prevention.


Recently, Cowessess First Nation made history by becoming the first Indigenous community in Canada to pass its own child welfare legislation under the new federal legislation. 

Rothecker Law Firm welcomes any legislative changes from Indigenous communities in Alberta and is prepared to work with you on your legal matters.

Mar 5 Written By Corinne Rothecker

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