Reconciliation through Culturally Appropriate Child Welfare Practices

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TORONTO, ON – On April 26-28, 2016 300 delegates from across Ontario will convene at the Sarnia, Ontario Holiday Inn for the 2016 Association of Native Child and Family Service Agencies of Ontario (ANCFSAO) annual conference. The theme for this year’s conference is Reconciliation through Culturally Appropriate Child Welfare Practices.
In partnership with Mnaasged Child and Family Services, we are bringing together practitioners, community members, policy-makers, researchers and other stakeholders to highlight best and promising practices in community-based child welfare prevention programs and services, and to dialogue on ways to best support Aboriginal children, families and communities.
Through a series of plenary discussions, workshops and presentations, delegates will be immersed for three full days in a variety of educational and practical topics, including:
  • Approaches to reconciliation in child welfare
  • Aboriginal approaches to child welfare
  • Culturally informed mainstream child welfare practices
  • Aboriginal approaches to alternative dispute resolution
  • Successful community-based prevention and intervention programs and services
  • New and emerging research in Aboriginal child welfare
Confirmed Keynote speakers include:
  • Kathy Absalon-King, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Aboriginal Field of Study, Wilfred Laurier
  • Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society
  • Barbara Fallon, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Research, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
  • Kenneth Richard, Executive Director, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
  • Raven Sinclair, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina
  • Marie Wilson, Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
To register, please visit:
Hotel Registration Information: Sarnia Holiday Inn
For more information, please email the conference committee at
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