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Strategic Plan for Aboriginal Services

Executive Summary
Strategic Plan For Aboriginal Services
Appendix A Action Plan
Appendix B Developing Protocol Agreements With Aboriginal Communities
Appendix C Aboriginal Child, Family And Community Lens

Executive Summary

The Ministry for Children and Families has undergone major changes since its creation in the Fall of 1996. The ministry recognized the importance of improving its relationships with Aboriginal governments and communities, and resolved to develop a strategic framework for implementing that change within its service delivery and organizational structure in a pre-treaty and post-treaty environment.

The Strategic Plan for Aboriginal Services proposes a broad framework for helping the ministry improve its relationship with Aboriginal communities. The Strategic Plan was not intended to be policy developed and imposed on Aboriginal people. The framework was developed explicitly to require ministry regional and headquarters operations to develop a capacity and an understanding of the various needs and aspirations of the Aboriginal communities with whom they work on a daily basis.


  1. Strengthen the capacity and authority of Aboriginal communities to develop and deliver services for children and families of a nature and extent comparable to those available to any resident of British Columbia.
  1. Strengthen the capacity of the ministry to appropriately respond to the ongoing need for Aboriginal services while Aboriginal communities acquire such capacity.
  1. Coordinate federal obligations within provincial jurisdiction to address outstanding issues of federal fiduciary responsibility for resources delivered to Status Indians wherever they may choose to live in British Columbia.
  1. Advocate within government for the development of viable Aboriginal economies and economic opportunities to address this primary determinant of the health and well-being of Aboriginal people and communities.

Strategic Priorities

  1. Improved working relationships with Aboriginal communities
  2. Improved capacity within Aboriginal communities to deliver services
  3. Improved service to Aboriginal clients
  4. Coordination of efforts at all levels of government to support Aboriginal services

* The term Aboriginal includes First Nations governments with a land base, Metis Nation communities, urban Aboriginal people (status and non-status), and Inuit.


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