The Children First Forum is an annual ONA event held to bring together syilx Okanagan leadership, staff, and community members working with children and families to equip them with tools for care of our children. This includes building relationships, gaining new ideas and perspectives, preparing to lobby for legal jurisdiction, and addressing any gaps.
Open to Syilx Okanagan Nation members and the general public!
As a follow up to the first session of the Children First Forum, the ONA Child and Family Team is working to deliver more virtual keynote presentations from advocates of Indigenous children and families, as well as providing an update on the Syilx Child and Family Plan. The keynote speaker for this session will be Cindy Blackstock. Cindy Blackstock is a tireless champion for the rights of Indigenous children and families. She is the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, a National organization she co-founded, as well as a professor at McGill University’s school of social work. Cindy will share her work with the CHRT and her fight with Canada for equal funding for First Nation children and families.
This event is subject to change or cancellation due to COVID-19.