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Purpose of the Request for Proposal - First Nations Child and Family Well-Being – Ontario Special Study

Purpose of the Request for Proposal

The Chiefs of Ontario (COO), with the support of the Government of Ontario and Government of Canada, is currently accepting proposals to undertake an Ontario Special Study (The “Study”). The Study will provide options on a new First Nations child well-being policy and funding approach that is family-centered, community-directed, and supports better outcomes by focusing on prevention.

In addition to the above, the approach will address substantive equality, align with Canada and Ontario’s commitment to achieving reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and continue to support decolonization.  The approach will respect First Nations perspectives on child well-being and will support and enhance First Nations cultures, control, laws, jurisdiction, and autonomy.

The objective of The Study is to conduct an environmental scan of current systems and to provide recommendations and options for policy and funding reform, for First Nations child and family services.

The purpose of this Request for Proposal is to solicit proposals from various individuals or organizations, conduct a fair and extensive evaluation based on criteria contained in the submission package, and select the proposal that best demonstrates the capacity and knowledge to undertake The Study.

Background Information

Over the years, the Chiefs in Assembly have approved the following resolutions that will act as a guide to The Study:

In 1991, Resolution 91/34, Framework for Social Services Principles and Policies stated that social development initiatives must be determined and controlled by First Nations. This would support First Nation self-government.

In 2017, two resolutions passed that addressed the current state of social services under the IWA:

In Resolution 25/17, Canadian Human Rights Tribunal the Chiefs in Assembly used the CHRT ruling from the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society et al. V. Attorney General of Canada (WAC) case to highlight the importance of full-scale reform of all child and family services funded by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). The CHRT ruling determined that existing services were sub-standard and discriminatory in comparison to services available to other children across the province.

Resolution 28/17, Coordination Long-Term Reform of First Nations Child, Youth and Family Services in Ontario examined the practical steps necessary to reform the existing child welfare system. The resolution advocated that Canada and Ontario provide First Nation - determined capacity funding to Chiefs of Ontario and to all First Nation parties to enable meaningful participation in reform initiatives. The Chiefs of Ontario Secretariat has authorization to take all steps necessary to implement the resolution.

In addition, COO asked that the CHRT order a Special Study of issues related to First Nations on-reserve child and family services in Ontario. The final report should include a specific chapter to address this subject matter.

Proposal Submission Guidelines
This Request for Proposal is an open and competitive process. Proposals will be accepted until 11:59 pm Thursday November 27, 2017 PST.

The submission package must include:

·        The name of the project lead and name of the team members who will be undertaking the work

·        A summary of no more than two pages in 12 point Times New Roman font detailing examples of First Nations cultural competency. Including but not limited to examples of working with First Nations organizations/communities/agencies, knowledge of First Nations history, traditional protocols and political structures,

·        A curriculum vitea (CV) of project team member with a minimum of one reference from a similar project completed in the last 3 years

·        A completed Fee Schedule table outlining the estimated hours, rate, cost and completion time

To download the complete RFP submission package click below. 

Request for Proposal - First Nations Child and Family Well-Being – Ontario Special Study Submission Package 


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