Working together for Children, Youth and Families

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:58 -- Tracy Wysote
TitleWorking together for Children, Youth and Families
Publication TypeResearch
Year of Publication2000
Corporate AuthorsCree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay(CBHSSJB), Cree Regional Authority, Cree School Board

This report, from the Regional Workshop on Integrating Services for children, youth and families that was held at the end of June 2000 in Chisasibi, describes the proceedings of the event, presents various documents developed to explain integrated services or to describe services in Eeyou Istchee, and brings together the materials developed during the workshop, including recommendations, suggestions and ideas for improving services.

Each entity will want to consider the recommendations specific to it when reviewing and developing services and programs. Examples of where these may be pertinent are:

• the integration of Childcare Centres, Head Start Programs and Cree Health Board clinic


• local governments’ planning processes for setting program priorities for Brighter Futures,

recreation,Youth Centres, childcare centres and Head Start Programs

• the Foster Home Program of the Cree Health Board and the Boarding Home Program of

the Cree Scool Board

• the Cree School Board’s “Special Education Plan” and also the implementation of the

“Cree Education Plan”

• the five working committees implementing the protocol between the Cree Health Board

and Cree School Board

• the Cree Health Board and local government planning concerning people with loss of


The Workshop came about because Eeyou Awash Kaye Uuschiniichuu Apatisiiwin (EAKUA), the Cree Child and Youth (Research) Project, was organising a regional planning meeting of people working in child and family services at the same time that the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services allocated money to the Cree Health Board to plan integration of youth services.This onetime funding from Quebec allowed the EAKUA planning meeting to become a workshop involving people working in all sectors in all communities.

EAKUA is a self-assessment and research project studying the local organisation of services for children. EAKUA is developing and testing self-assessment tools that will help communities to understand and plan how services are organised at the local level.The project is describing how this process works in Eeyou Istchee so it can be shared with similar communities across Canada.

The Workshop brought together delegates from each of the entities and local governments who work in the area of services for children and youth with the objectives:

• to inform participants about the issues in integrating services

• to generate an atmosphere to promote interest in working towards integrated approaches

• within each organisation and between different organisations, to stimulate informed discussions

about how services work and communicate together

• to develop a conference document to communicate the results.

Integrating how services work inside of and between entities is of interest to many groups in Eeyou Istchee. For example, local governments who have been managing the Brighter Futures Program for a number of years, are now also overseeing quickly evolving childcare centres and Head Start Programs. How these programs work together within the local community, let alone how their services fit with those of the Health and School Boards, is a current issue in all nine communities. Also, the Health and School Boards have been active in working towards implementing the protocol that describes how the two entities should be collaborating together for children and youth. 

This interest also exists outside of Eeyou Istchee. Within the broad mandate of constant improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of services, the Ministry of Health and Social Services of Quebec has been supporting initiatives in the past few years that give attention to making the clients of children and youth services the focus of interventions. At the federal level, for a number of years, there has been significant attention to this issue within all departments that provide direct services to the public.

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