ARCHIVED - Mi'kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island
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On Prince Edward Island, all FNCFS funding flows to the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island (MCPEI) which provides prevention services to the two on-reserve First Nations communities. The Province of PEI provides all protection services and is reimbursed by MCPEI. This model has been very successful in enabling MCPEI to gain the trust of First Nations clients and therefore do meaningful prevention work while ensuring that provincial standards of protection are being met. It is a division of labor that reduces conflict of interest and positions each party to be successful within the scope of their responsibility. A Tripartite Policy and Planning Committee is now in place and meets regularly to discuss ways in which the MCPEI Business Plan can be supported. This has proven to be a very successful process.
Overall, MCPEI conducts community information sessions, accompanies provincial social workers in investigations, supports with the design of care plans, and has developed an Aboriginal Resource Guide for foster parents. Prevention activities have supported a number of families at risk that might otherwise have seen their children having to be taken into care. In Fiscal Year 2011-2012, the Province provided services to 9 First Nations children in care (as of March 31, 2012).
For further information, please contact AANDC, Atlantic Regional office at (902) 661-6265
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