When intervening with Aboriginal families, Child Protection Services recognizes the unique importance of preserving and promoting the Aboriginal cultural identity of children and families.
Mister Speaker, I am pleased to inform the house about a new resource called the Aboriginal Cultural Connections: A Child Protection Resource Guide.
This guide has been developed by Child Protection Services to help preserve and promote the Aboriginal cultural identity of children and families receiving services.
This new resource is a great example of government working in partnership with Prince Edward Island’s First Nation leaders, Elders and community representative to increase awareness and knowledge of Mi’Kmaq culture and traditions.
And, Mister Speaker, I would like to recognize some of those in the gallery with us today who are here to celebrate the launch of this guide, including Marilyn Lefrank, Sharon O’Brien , Georgina Knockwood Crane, Methilda Knockwood-Snake, and Maureen MacEwen.
Mister Speaker, this new resource serves as an opportunity to promote understanding and knowledge of the rich Aboriginal culture on Prince Edward Island when providing Child Protection Services, either in-home or out-of-home, to Aboriginal children and their parents.
This is intended as a resource guide for those who work in Child Protection Services. Mister Speaker, it does not, and cannot, include all aspects of Aboriginal culture. There is as much variation in beliefs and values regarding culture and traditions as there is variation in people.
Mister Speaker, this guide is a great beginning toward understanding and nurturing Aboriginal cultural respect when dealing with child protection issues and is a great example of working together and evidence of a very respectful relationship.
The guide is available at www.gov.pe.ca/sss/aboriginalguide
Thank you, Mister Speaker.