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Customary Care: An Indigenous way of keeping our children connected to their community

Thursday April 22, 2021, 7:30 pm

Customary care (CCA) is a process of caring for children in a way which reinforces the value of community systems of care.  It is crucial within the child welfare system, to connect First Nation’s children and youth to their language, land and culture, and to ensure that all involved with a child provide opportunities to acquire traditional and community knowledge through interaction with Elders and other knowledge keepers.  By working alongside a First Nation with a Customary Care agreement, we acknowledge their central role in matters related to their children and families.  This process promotes a positive cultural identity for First Nation children and youth.  Customary care is also a viable form of permanency, as a CCA can be used for as long of a time as necessary for a child or youth in the care of a society.

This training will be helpful for anyone who wishes to learn and understand:  how, when, and why we use Customary Care with First Nations children/youth, families and their First Nation.

Trainers: Erin Moe & Rebecca Kingdon

Erin Moe is the Supervisor for Resources and Permanency Planning at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST).  She is of mixed heritage – Norwegian and Ojibway – from Lac Seul First Nation, located in the Treaty 3 territory.  She has worked for 23 years in the field of Indigenous Child Welfare in both Northern Ontario (Tikinagan Child and Family Services) and in Southern Ontario.

As a supervisor at Tikinagan CFS, her passion for training staff led her to travel to various Northern communities.  Over the past 15 years she has worked for NCFST with the urban FNIM community in many different roles. NCFST works with people who originate from all across Ontario and Canada.  She sits on many non-Indigenous committees and with many groups across Toronto to give voice to NCFST, and to the unique needs of our people.

Rebecca Kingdon was called to the bar in 2003 and has spent the last 18 years as a front line social worker, parents counsel and agency counsel. For the last 10 years Rebecca has worked with Native Child and Family Services of Toronto and is currently the Legal Services Supervisor. Rebecca’s family is originally from West Coast Ireland County Mayo home to famous women pirates.

Rebecca grew up in Northern Alberta where her father fought for and taught Cree language courses as part of main stream school curriculum in the late 1970-90’s recognizing that language is an integral part of culture. This provided Rebecca with a rare opportunity to witness firsthand the impact access to language and culture had within the students, indigenous community and broader community.  Rebecca is also the proud partner of Osawa Muskwa of Thunderchild First Nation.

Moderator: Juliana Ciach

Juliana Ciach is a child and Youth Care worker with years of experience working with children and youth both in care and out of care. She has 15 years of experience, worked in long term residential facilities with young adults and the elderly with physical, cognitive and developmental challenges. Juliana has been a treatment foster parent with both private and public child protection agencies for over 15 years. She has recently been supporting foster parents in private agencies; as well as working voluntarily as a foster, kinship and customary care advocate for the past 10 years. Juliana sits on the FPSO board of directors and plays an active role in her new position as Chief Indigenous Relationship Officer.

This training is open to all interested parties.

  • FPSO Members – No Charge – Monthly trainings are covered by your annual Dues
  • Non-Members – $20.00 Charge per training

To register for the training please go to https://forms.gle/UDBHiFWhC8XfLwT69

Following your registration you will either receive a confirmation, or an invoice for the training depending on your membership status.

Please Note: the name you register with is the one that will appear on your training certificate!