First Nation Representative Services information

This is an overview of First Nation Representative Services, also referred to as Band Representative Services.

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First Nation Representative Services (sometimes referred to as Band Representative Services in Ontario) support First Nations when children, youth, young adults, and families from their community are involved or at risk of involvement with the child and family services system. First Nation Representative Services is critically important to First Nations and in ensuring that the rights of First Nations children and youth are respected within the child and family services system.

In 2018 the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada et al. v Canada, 2018 CHRT 4) ordered Canada to fund the actual cost of Band Representative Services for First Nations in Ontario.

On April 1, 2022, ISC began providing funding for First Nation Representative Services to First Nations in all provinces and in the Yukon to support children, youth, and families that are ordinarily resident on reserve or in Yukon.

First Nation Representative's role

First Nation Representative Services will be First Nations-defined and may include engaging with child and family services providers and participating in child and family service matters as set out in provincial, territorial and federal child and family services laws.

First Nation Representative Services activities include, but are not limited to:


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