• Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan - April 23rd - 28th, 2018
  • Atamiskākēwak

Our Children, Our Future


Child Welfare is getting a lot of attention lately by many provinces and territories, as well as federally. Foster Care and Foster Parents are play a significant role in caring for children and families. Foster Parents are the hope for restoration and reconciliation in the complex Child Welfare System. 

Andrew Micklefield

Andrew Micklefield

Manitoba MLA for Rossmere. Is the chair for a committee appointed by the Minister of Families to review Child Family Services legislation.

Lori-Lee and Kevin Harris

Lori-Lee and Kevin Harris

Lori-Lee and Kevin Harris have been foster parents for the last 18 years. In addition to their five children, they became foster parents and then adoptive parents for two First Nations children. They will share a bit of their story.

The Canadian Foster Family Association CFFA), the Saskatchewan Foster Family Association (SFFA) and the Child Welfare League of Canada invite you to come and talk with us and problem solve together.  Meet with people that have a National perspective as well hear from Andrew Micklefield, Chair of the Child Welfare Legislative Review Committee in Manitoba.  Hear about work being done to intercede with families to avoid children being removed from their homes.  

Mark Reyes will share how he was involved in teaching foster parents in Saskatchewan on how non- Indigenous foster parents can become culturally competent in caring for children from an Indigenous heritage.  Denise Desjarlais with Prairie Spirit Connections will talk about the culture experience for foster families and how that has changed lives, and so much more.

The purpose of this session is to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action specific to the Child Welfare section of this document.  Call to Action 1-5

With input from a number of key stakeholders the hope is to dialog with all people interested in finding positive outcomes for our children.

This day is about networking, building relationships for change.  “Our future, and the well-being of all our children rests with the kind of relationships we build today.”  Chief Dr. Robert Joseph

Agenda will change as we get closer to the day. Stay tuned.

  • 10:30 Welcome and Introductions - Kevin – SFFA/CFFA
  • 11:15 Voice of children and youth
  • 11:30 Child Welfare League of Canada - Raymond Shingoose / Fiona Tomic
  • 12:00 Lunch – on your own
  • 1:30 Manitoba Child Welfare Initiative - Andrew Micklefield
  • 2:15 Forever Families of Canada - Wendi Park
    • Collaboration and Networking
  • 2:45 Saskatchewan PRIDE model of Practice - Mark Reyes / Darlene Halyk
    • Indigenous Competency component
  • 3:15 Prairie Spirit Connections Culture Experience - Perry Thompson (Carry the Kettle)
  • 3:30 Saskatchewan Child Advocate office - Corey O’Soup
  • 4:00 Panel discussion and facilitated group discussions                                                 
  • 5:30 Closing comments

times and details are subject to change.


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