About 20 off-island guests representing the federal and provincial governments are expected to be here for the formal signing of the agreement setting up the Haida Child and Family Services Society.
Monica Brown, community consultant with the society, said the guests will include Stan Hagen, the Minister of Child and Family Development, as well as delegates from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.
It’s a huge event, and invitations have also been extended to all the chiefs, the chief councillors of Old Massett and Skidegate, and the Council of the Haida Nation, Ms Brown said.
People first started working on getting more local control of child and family services over a decade ago, she said, with an intensive two-year effort leading to the agreement which will be signed on June 21 and 22.
The society has already started some of its work, Ms Brown said.
“Right now we have 63 Haida children in the care of the ministry,” she noted. “This will help stop Haida children from going off-island to live with non-Haida families.”
The signing ceremony and dinner takes place June 21 at the Old Massett community hall and June 22 at the Skidegate community hall, starting at 4:30 pm both nights. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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