Children in Care

Figure 36: Children in child & family care by First Nation CFS Authority (2006-2007)

Nationally, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) states that since 1998/1999, approximately five to six per cent of First Nations children are formally in care32. Figure 36 provides the information for First Nations Children & Family Services Authority in Alberta. Annually, there is an average of 1,800 First Nations children in care in Alberta. Figure 36 shows that rates for the First Nations Children and Family Services Authorities in Alberta vary significantly from 3 to 16 per cent, for privacy issues the names of the First Nations authorities are withheld.

Aboriginal children represent only eight per cent of the children in Alberta, but 58 per cent of the children in care33. The number of children in care has been increasing steadily since 2001/2002.

32Basic Departmental Data 2004, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, 2005.

33Children & Youth Services, Business Plan 2008-2011, Ministry of Children & Youth, 2008.