A Law of Love

C-92, An Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, came into effect on January 1, 2020. This meant federal backing for Nations to develop and practice child and family law their way.

In collaboration with member Nations, Carrier Sekani Family Services is in the process of co-creating child and family legislation based on cultural practices and teachings. This law will not be new to Carrier and Sekani people – we have had laws since time immemorial. Bah’lats is the government, and the Carrier and Sekani child and family law will be based in the Bah’lats.

We are breathing life into Carrier and Sekani laws.

This is Kahe dee’zeehle, our journey to a future where every Carrier and Sekani child has the right to live up to their full potential.

Niwh beondzin nex delh chus

(We are going to take back what’s been ours)

Sarah's Story

Why we do this work

"It is a hot, sticky day — dust from the unpaved roads seems to linger in the stagnant air — this doesn’t dissuade the children from playing in the open fields by the dusty street. Even the birds are too hot to sing so the only noise on Wells Street is the sound of laughing and shrieking coming from the wild and free children unencumbered from worry and hurt; even for just a few happy moments..."

Data Informed by Community

"Upholding well-being" has been identified as the best fit for the process of transitioning authority over child and family decision-making back to communities. "Well-being" can be defined both collectively and individually; it is defined by each person, family, community and Nation. Together, CSFS and member Nations are identifying what Carrier and Sekani children, youth, families and Elders need for a future of thriving communities.

Information gathered from community engagements, working group sessions with Matriarchs and Knowledge Holders, and knowledge from historic videos and recordings are being compiled as the data informing the transition process.

Foundations infographic

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Core Values

Two core values of the team doing this work are:

  • No one will be left behind.
  • We are a living record of decision making.

As an organization, CSFS is guided by Carrier and Sekani values that have been passed down to us from our ancestors: compassion, honesty, integrity, respect, responsibility and trust. We are committed to living out these values in our daily work, and in our interactions with one another and with the Nations we serve.