The work of the Social Services Coordination Unit (SSCU), under the Chiefs of Ontario, is an ongoing and dedicated effort to improve the quality of service and care for First Nations citizens according to First Nations customs and values. First Nations have long maintained that the gross disparity in the resources provided for First Nation child welfare services versus Canadian children must be addressed, especially as there are more Indigenous children in care today than at the height of the residential school regime.
Free Legal Support for Survivors of Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is a crime. A restraining order can be an important legal tool in protecting survivors and individuals at-risk of being trafficked from the threat of exploitation and violence. Learn about what human trafficking is, what you can do to stop it and what help is available at www.Ontario.ca/HumanTrafficking.
Parents and guardians of a child survivor or a child at-risk of being trafficked will also be eligible for free legal support. A restraining order can be filed any time after a survivor has been trafficked, regardless of how much time has passed.
To access services, please call the toll-free human trafficking helpline at 1-833-999-9211. TTY – 1-888-340-1001.
For more information on eligibility and the pilot program, please click here: Human Trafficking Legal Support Fact Sheet
Ontario Indian Social Services Council
The Ontario Indian Social Services Council (OISSC) is a technical and advisory body operating under the umbrella of the Chiefs of Ontario. It is comprised of the Social Services Directors of the four associations, one representative of the Independent First Nations, and the Social Services Director from Six Nations of the Grand River. The Council receives support through the coordinating capacity of the Chiefs of Ontario office. OISSC is responsible to the Planning and Priorities Committee (PPC) of the Chiefs of Ontario.
Our Nations’ children are not only being failed through a lack of equal opportunities to education, but also through a lack of culturally appropriate and inadequately resourced child welfare structures to protect and keep our children in our communities.
1965 Welfare Agreement
The Federal and Provincial governments cost-share services to First Nations through the 1965 Indian Welfare Agreement.
The Sixties Scoop is a term that refers to the Canadian practice of fostering or adopting out First Nations children at high rates into non-Indigenous families between the 1960s to the late 1980s. It has been estimated that 16,000 Indigenous children were a part of the Sixties Scoop, who as a result, experienced a loss of cultural identity, their families, histories, and status. The assimilationist practice was noted to have formally ended in the 1980s.
Social Services Committee Members
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