Over 1,300 Albertans have provided information and stories through community conversations held from December 2011 to May 2013 regarding the over-representation of Aboriginal children in care.
The What We Heard report summarizes more than 7,000 comments gathered from more than 1,300 participants during the community conversations regarding the over-representation of Aboriginal children in care.
The following five themes were identified from the conversations:
- relationship-based practice;
- prevention and community support;
- shared decision-making;
- acknowledgment of Aboriginal history; and
- honouring Aboriginal ways of being.
Community Conversation Summaries:
- Lethbridge/Fort McLeod
- Lac La Biche
- Peace River and Grande Prairie
- Red Deer
- Fort McMurray
- Lateral Violence conversation
- Historic Trauma and Healing conversation
- Social Policy Framework conversation
At each community event, participants from government, agencies, police, schools and health care, as well as other interested individuals had the opportunity to speak and listen from the heart, allowing everyone to enhance their understanding of and focus on the complexities facing Aboriginal children, youth, families and communities.
If you would like more information about the Community Conversations and ways to be involved, please contact us at: HS.CommunityConversations@gov.ab.ca