Children and Social Services

Inuit Children and Social Services

Inuit Tuttarvingat’s strategic plan identifies children’s health as an important priority, and further discussions revealed the need for research and knowledge sharing related to social services gaps and needs of Inuit children. In 2010, Inuit Tuttarvingat formed a working group (later named the Inuit Children and Social Services Reference Group) to carefully develop a research project that would be seen as culturally competent and focused on solutions rather than problems, as well as looking at promising child welfare practices within and outside Inuit communities.

Out of this process came a focus on the high number of Inuit child protection cases and removals from family care, and the need for more preventive measures and support to families in distress.

Inuit Tuttarvingat worked with Reference Group members and Lisa Rae, a Sauvé Foundation scholar, to produce a research report and four resource lists. Additional knowledge sharing events and products will follow in the coming year.

Inuit Child Welfare and Family Support Resources

Inuit Child Welfare and Family Support: Policies, Programs and Strategies (Report)
Inuit Child Welfare and Family Support: Inuit-Related Documents (Bibliography)
Inuit Child Welfare and Family Support: Aboriginal-Related Documents (Bibliography)
Inuit Child Welfare and Family Support: International Indigenous Documents (Bibliography)
Inuit Child Welfare and Family Support: General Documents (Bibliography)
Inuit Child Welfare and Family Support: Policies, Programs and Strategies Summary
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The Role of the Children and Social Services Reference Group

Inuit Tuttarvingat wishes to strengthen the role of Inuit knowledge in centre activities, operations and products. Governing Committee members and staff are committed to using and promoting Inuit knowledge and making sure our decisions reflect community needs and realities.

Inuit Children and Social Services Reference Group members will:

  • share their knowledge of Inuit values, approaches and needs related to Inuit family support and child welfare with each other and with Inuit Tuttarvingat staff;
  • provide advice on priorities, activities, messages and means of communication  for centre products;
  • review draft research and knowledge sharing materials and provide feedback;
  • share new practices, research reports, program reviews, models, training materials and other developing knowledge with the group;
  • attend regular teleconferences and face-to-face meetings;

share information about and promote the work of Inuit Tuttarvingat and the Reference Group related to Inuit children and social services; and undertake other activities on a voluntary basis and as determined by the Reference Group.

Terms of Reference