Last week, the ministry of children and family development rolled out a one-page document listing the principles it will use when working with aboriginal peoples and communities. But what's interesting is that those principles, according to the document, have been directly lifted from Touchstones of Hope for Indigenous Children, Youth and Families. That's a four-year-old report summarizing the results of a 2005 meeting where participants discussed the past and future of indigenous children in North America's child welfare system. So why did it take the ministry so long to copy its contents? The following is a complete copy of the aforementioned document, which was posted on the ministry's Intranet.
February 24, 2010