Toward legislation: timeline

Learn about the steps taken to consult widely on the reform of child and family services and the co-development of the proposed legislation.

Description: Toward legislation: timeline
  • December 2015: Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls for Indigenous child welfare legislation
  • Fall 2016 and winter 2017: Ministerial special representative engages with Indigenous partners on reforming First Nations Child and Family Services program
  • September 2017: Summary report from engagement published
  • January 2018: Emergency meeting on child and families services: Government commits to 6 points of action including potential co-developed legislation
  • Summer and fall 2018: Engagement with First Nations, Inuit and Métis partners on options for potential co-developed federal legislation on Indigenous child and family services
  • November 2018: Government of Canada, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation leaders announce co-development of potential federal legislation
  • November 2018: Since summer 2018, 65 engagement sessions were held across the country with nearly 2,000 participants
  • January 2019: Engagement with First Nations, Inuit and Métis partners and provinces and territories on the content of the proposed legislation
  • February 2019: The Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families was introduced in Parliament
  • June 2019: The act officially became a law
  • January 2020: The act came into force

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