(Effective since January 1st, 2020)
Prevention - Best interests of the child - Substantive equality
What is the Act C-92?
It is the recognition of the rights and jurisdiction of Indigenous peoples in the area of child and family services.
What is it used for?
This federal law is based on national principles* ensuring respect and cultural adaptation of communities. It takes precedence over provincial law, meaning that youth protection must take this into account in each of its practices with an Indigenous child.
What does it involve?
It opens the door for communities to adopt their own child protection laws and to adapt their own practices to cultural realities.
A principle is an orientation to be favoured. National principles are the foundation of Act C-92 in terms of prevention and protection, and eventually, of a Wabanaki law.
THE PRINCIPLES OF ACT C-92
A governing body working for you
Acting on your behalf, the Abenaki Councils of Odanak and Wôlinak, the Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki, the First Nations Child and Family Services (FNCFS), as well as community representatives are working together and making every effort to develop a law specific to Wabanaki realities.