Consultation process in Quebec

The primary goal of the reform of the FNCFS Program is to provide First Nations children and families with quality and culturally appropriate services that are effective in meeting their needs.

Consultations conducted under this reform thus provide opportunities for First Nations to mobilize and articulate their needs and considerations regarding child and family services. This is an opportunity for First Nations to be at the heart of the reform of the FNCFS Program and to position themselves on their long-term vision for social services within the communities. Ultimately, this is a matter of being one step closer to self-determination, autonomy and control regarding the social services that are intended for First Nations children and families.

The following methods were chosen to consult First Nations in Quebec in March, April and May 2017.

Community consultations

During the months of March and April 2017, communities wishing to do so will consult with their populations in preparation for the engagement sessions organized by the FNQLHSSC. These preliminary consultations will generate a representative portrait of the communities’ vision for child and family services. They will also enable more people to participate in the consultation process, including: workers and professionals who work with children and families (teachers, school workers, early childhood educators, social development personnel, health professionals, police officers, etc.), user and extended families, youth and elders, etc.

Engagement sessions

The FNQLHSSC organized five sub-regional engagement sessions in Montréal, Val-d’Or, Sept-Îles, Québec City and Listuguj. The purpose of these sessions was to identify the needs, possible solutions and vision of First Nations in Quebec with respect to the child and family services in the communities.

The communities could be represented by four participants, namely the general director, the social services director, the first-line services coordinator and one additional worker. 

  • April 11 and 12: Montréal (English and French)
  • April 18 and 19: Val-d’Or (English and French)
  • April 19 and 20: Sept-Îles (French)
  • May 2 and 3: Listuguj (English)
  • May 2 and 3: Québec City (French)

Online questionnaire

From April 10 to May 8, 2017, a questionnaire was online to enable more members of the First Nations in Quebec to express their views on the reform of the FNCFS Program and to participate in the engagement process.

Thank you for your participation!

More information

For more information on the consultation process for the reform of the FNCFS Program, contact Waseskon Awashish, Communications Advisor at the FNQLHSSC by email at or by telephone at 418-842-1540, ext. 2308.