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.