Cultural Connections

Cultural Connections can provide the following types of services at any point on the continuum of the Ministry of Children and Family Development involvement, including post Ministry involvement.

Examples of direct Services include:

  • Determines ancestral association (Band, Community etc.).

  • Completes a Genealogy, including both of the child's birth parent families.

  • Assisting in obtaining family history including mental health and medical information.

  • Completes a Cultural Plan and/or Cultural Package whenever required.

  • Is actively involved in Long Term Placement Planning in collaboration with the case manager, Families, Communities, and Foster Parents.

  • Supporting the 'reclaiming' of Aboriginal children by their community.

  • Identifying Aboriginal community and obtain First Nation status, Metis citizenship, Inuit NTI enrollment, cards, and any other registration, or affiliation documents.

  • Finding extended family, and/or potential Aboriginal community members who could provide alternative supports, services or care options. Finding alternatives to the Aboriginal child coming into Ministry of Children and Family Development Care.

  • Connecting Aboriginal child and family with Aboriginal services and supports.

  • Identifying significant relationships

  • Assisting Social Workers in the use of culturally appropriate language to use when communicating with family and Aboriginal communities.

  • Assist Social Workers and Resource Workers to convey care provision concerns and recommendations to foster parents and care providers

  • Assist in organizing family meetings, Talking Circles, Family Group Conferences or other forms of gatherings to develop short and long-term plans for Aboriginal Children.

  • Facilitating children and youth's connections with local representatives of their Aboriginal community as a way of providing mentoring and role modeling.

  • Assist extended families and Aboriginal communities to maintain an ongoing connection to their children / youth so that the capacity to plan and provide care for their children is enhanced and life long relationships are supported

  • Facilitate cultural ceremonies within the Aboriginal community, which respects, honours, and formalizes the reclaiming of a child in care's traditional identity

  • Following up with Aboriginal Community contacts for legal applications should the Social Worker have difficulty connecting with individual communities.

  • Collaborate in developing cultural plans for Aboriginal children being adopted

  • Collaborate in developing a Comprehensive Plan of Care that integrates culture, tradition, and spirituality on a daily basis.

Consultation and Support Services

Cultural Connections / Family Finders are an important linkage to Aboriginal communities.  Examples of linkages include:

  • Cultural Connections / Family Finders workers continue to build and maintain relationships with Aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities that create an environment for collaborative practice.

  • Provide information on local Aboriginal programs, services etc.

  • Linkages to contacts within local Aboriginal services and programs

  • Provide information to identified Aboriginal representatives who reside in the area, and who are willing to act as role models etc.

  • Bridge and build strong relationships and address gaps in communication and understanding between MCFD social worker and the Band or community.

  • Open doors for foster families who are willing to participate in Aboriginal activities.