The Roots program assists with those children in Ministry of Children and Family Development care to reconnect with their Aboriginal Community, family and extended families. This will help the formation of cultural identity as it relates to ensuring that Aboriginal children are conscious of their histories, their families, and their roles amongst their people.
A Cultural Safety Agreement is developed collaboratively between the child’s prospective adoptive parents, Aboriginal community, family, extended family, and significant others.
This may include:
• Adoptive parents take the child to visit their aboriginal community within the first two years of the adoption. Or photos of the child will be sent to the child’s mother four times per year; Beginning of school, Christmas, birthday and summer.
• The child needs to integrate with their cultural heritage into their family home and way of life.
• The child needs to be involved with family and aboriginal community.
• The child needs to maintain a relationship with birth parents, siblings or extended family.
Please contact Community Social Services at 250-740-2300 for more information.