Denouncing the Continued Overrepresentation of First Nations Children in Canadian Child Welfare: Findings From The First Nations/Canadian Incidence Study Of Reported Child Abuse And Neglect-2019

The First Nations/Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (FN/CIS-2019) is a study of child welfare investigations involving First Nations and non-Indigenous children. It is the fourth national study to provide up-to-date estimates of child welfare investigations across Canada. 

This report is a collaborative effort by the FN/CIS research team and the First Nations Advisory Committee to:

1. Continue to monitor national-level data on investigations involving First Nations children compared to non-Indigenous children as intended by the Truth & Reconciliation’s Calls to Action, including;

  • Investigating the type and severity of maltreatment
  • Documenting caregiver, household and child characteristics of families investigated
  • Monitoring short-term investigation outcomes such as placement and reunification

2. Ensure the appropriate contextualization of findings.

3. Disseminate research results to First Nations communities.

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