WHAT IS KEEWAYWIN?
In the Oji-Cree language, Keewaywin translate to Our Way Home. For decades, our children were forcibly removed from their family and communities. This was through the residential school system and today the Child and Family Services Program. Our Way Home is a First Nations led initiative to help provide a path within a reconciliation framework to return our children home, not only to a physical location but to a place that looks at the holistic wellbeing of the person’s spiritual, emotional and mental self. It is a place of love and hope.
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is undertaking regional engagement to obtain information to develop options to reform First Nations Child and Family Services. The options for reform will respond to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada et al. v. Attorney General of Canada (for the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada) and the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. It will also consider the AMC Bringing Our Children Home Report, The Legacy of Phoenix Sinclair, Achieving the Best for All Our Children Report and Manitoba’s response.
HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE AND SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS TO REFORM MANITOBA’S CFS SYSTEM?
The AMC will engage with First Nations citizens and leadership by traveling to:
• four First Nations communities in the North;
• four First Nations communities in the South;
• town hall meeting in Winnipeg, Brandon, The Pas and Thompson;
• AMC Chiefs-in-Assembly on First Nations Child and Family Service on March 21-23, 2017
• and extensive online and social media campaign.