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Our Commitment to Reconciliation

Our Commitment to Reconciliation

Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge that Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society is located on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig (“Mississauge”) Territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig (“Mississauge”) and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which include:  Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil, and Georgina Island First Nations.

Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society respectfully acknowledges that the Williams Treaties First Nations are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and water in perpetuity, and that they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health and integrity of and for generations to come.


We are mindful of broken covenants and the need to reconcile our history and relations with Indigenous peoples. We acknowledge that the Canadian government did pursue a policy of cultural genocide to divest itself of its legal and financial obligations to Indigenous peoples, and to gain control over Indigenous land and resources. We are especially mindful of the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action to redress the Legacy of Child Welfare on Indigenous families and communities:

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

We acknowledge the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action to abandon the colonial policies of the past, address colonial legacy, and to engage in a process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples of Canada. We acknowledge that we walk upon the territories and original nations of the first peoples of this land, whose children and families continue to cry out for justice.

Links to Community Resources

Links to Community Resources

ASSOCIATION OF NATIVE CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES AGENCIES OF ONTARIO (ANCFSAO) 500 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1L8 (437) 836-3660 www.ancfsao.ca   ASSOCIATION OF IROQUOIS & ALLIED INDIANS (AIAI) 387 Princess ...

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Apology to Hiawatha

Apology to Hiawatha

Beginning in the late 1950’s and continuing through to the 1980’s and beyond, thousands of children across Canada were removed by child welfare agencies from the care of their families and Indigenous ...

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Memorandum of Understanding with Curve Lake First Nations

Memorandum of Understanding with Curve Lake First Nations

Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society and Curve Lake First Nation Government have jointly determined the need for establishment of a formal agreement outlining specific roles and responsibilities regarding protection and admission prevention services ...

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Residential Schools

Residential Schools

The federal government and the churches believed that Indigenous parenting, language, and culture were harmful to Indigenous children. These beliefs were based on the anti-Indigenous racist assumptions that Indigenous cultures and spiritual ...

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Sixties Scoop

Sixties Scoop

The Sixties Scoop refers to the mass removal of Indigenous children from their homes, families, and communities through the 1960s. The provincial social workers assigned to reserves assessed child safety and welfare ...

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Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services

Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services

Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services has been mandated by its member First Nations for over 20 years to develop a service model and agency to provide child, youth, and family services ...

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Our Commitment

Our Commitment

The vision of the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society Indigenous Strategy is intended to provide employees, volunteers and foster parents with focus and a framework to improve supports and culture informed services, policies ...

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Memorandum of Understanding with Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre

Memorandum of Understanding with Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre

A joint service protocol between Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society and Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre was implemented to ensure a coordinated, culturally sensitive, and child-focused approach to work with urban Indigenous children and families. ...

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Truth and Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation

In October 2017, OACAS hosted a gathering called “A Moment on the Path” at Geneva Park and Rama First Nation to acknowledge and apologize for the harmful role child welfare played historically, ...

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Updates from Kawartha-Haliburton CAS

Kinship Awareness Week

September 21st to 25th is Kinship Awareness Week, where Children’s Aid Societies celebrate and share about the important role that kinship families play in keeping Ontario’s children and youth ...

Media Release - 03/30/2020 - Kawartha Haliburton Children's Aid SOciety Responds to COVID-19

MEDIA RELEASE Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society Responds to COVID-19 Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society supports the Province’s decision to include Children’s Aid Societies in the list of essential businesses, organizations ...

Statement for Community Partners re: Delivery of Service

March 30th, 2020 To Our Community Partners; In order to support the health and safety of all of our employees, foster parents, volunteers as well as the families, children ...

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Children's Aid Societies and Indigenous Child and Well Being Agencies Remain Open

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Children’s Aid Societies and Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agencies in Ontario ARE continuing their child protection services. We are NOT closed. Although agencies across the province ...

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