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Cultural Connection Planning

What is a Cultural Connection Plan?

Cultural Connection Plans ensure that a child in care can continue to participate in their culture and community. A plan is developed that lays out specific steps for how the child will connect with their immediate or extended family, attend events and ceremonies hosted within their community, and participate in their community’s cultural activities and teachings.

Who Requests a cultural Connection Plan?

Caregivers, Social Workers from MCFD, or Delegated Aboriginal Agencies may request a Cultural Connection Plan so that children in their care develop positive connections to their cultural heritage, community of origin, and extended family. A Cultural Connection Plan can be developed for any Aboriginal Child in the care of MCFD or a Delegated Aboriginal Agency and is away from their biological family and/or community of origin.

What are the activities and who participates?

The SIWS Family Advocate is a neutral coordinator / facilitator who will:

  • Work with the child, caregiver, Social Worker, Community Practice Circle, and members of the Child’s family and community.
  • Research and document information regarding the child’s extended family, community of origin, and culture.
  • Facilitate collaborative meetings to develop a cultural and community connection plan that includes input and approval by all participants.
  • Assist with linking Social Workers, caregivers, and others to community resources to support implementation of the plan.

What are the outcomes ?

The outcomes of the Cultural Connection Plan are:

  • The child, Social Worker, and Caregiver have a plan to ensure the child develops and maintains connections to their cultural heritage, community of origin, and extended family.
  • Children develop a positive cultural identity and improved well-being.
  • Caregivers have greater capacity and supports for attending family, community, and cultural events.
  • Extended family and community members reconnect with a child that has been removed from their community.

Have a referral?

If you know an individual or family who you feel could benefit from these services, please give us a call at 778-426-2997, or complete a SIWS referral form and send it back to us via e-mail: intake@siws.ca or fax: 778-426-2998.

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