First Nation Agencies
In establishing policies and practices specific to the needs of Aboriginal children, the Ministry of Human Services recognizes the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit communities' aspiration to play a major role in the design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation of child intervention services.
Alberta's first formal commitment to the delivery of Aboriginal child intervention services by First Nation agencies came with the signing of the 1973 Blackfoot (Siksika)-Canada-Alberta Child Welfare agreement. This was subsequently followed by the signing of agreements with other First Nations for Aboriginal agencies to assume responsibility for the provision of some or all child intervention services to their member bands' families. The majority of on-Reserve child intervention services are delivered by delegated First Nation Child and Family Services agencies.
Under these agreements, Alberta has or will provide delegations of authority under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act necessary to enable the First Nation agencies to provide the full range of provincial child intervention services within the geographical boundaries of the Reserves of their respective member First Nations. The agencies, who have been given delegated authority, deliver services as per the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act. Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) funds the agencies for the provision of Child and Family Services on-Reserve.