The purpose and function of our agency is to assume responsibility for delegated child welfare services presently provided by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. We also provide services to families and children who are in need of information, support and direction.
In addition, we establish community structures and provide community education to ensure that communities and families are being actively involved in service planning for their children. We also provide a range of preventative services to reduce the number of Haida children in the care of the government and prevent others from coming into care.
We are currently on a journey that will lead us to self-governing our own Child Welfare System. We are calling this journey: “A New Direction”, “K’yuu Gawtlaas”. We have given the “New Direction” a nickname within our offices, coining it the “New Old Direction” because we are instilling Haida values into our practice. In the past, Haida values and cultural appropriateness were lacking from practice. We are building a new, traditional model of child welfare that exemplifies the traditional Haida way of life. This “New Direction” will enrich the lives of children and families in our Haida Gwaii communities