FAMILY SERVICES AND HOUSING
Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA
A MESSAGE FROM TIM SALE,
MINISTER OF FAMILY SERVICES AND HOUSING
It is with a sense of great promise that
I send this message to you and the other members of the working
groups. You are involved in a truly historic process.
By participating in this process, you will help to develop a plan
for the restructuring of the child and family services system in
the Province of Manitoba. The importance of this task must not be
underestimated. This is an opportunity for you to shape the future
and, by doing so, create new hope for families in Manitoba.
The task before you is to build a new child
and family services system for all Manitobans: a system that will
respect the principle that First Nations and Metis people have a
right to govern and deliver child and family services for their
families and communities throughout the entire province.
This will not be a simple undertaking.
There will be differences of opinion and perhaps disagreements as
you work to develop your plans. This can only be expected when we
consider the history of child and family services in Manitoba and
the personal values and unique experiences that each of you bring
to the table. Lively and respectful discussion is a healthy part
of this process and should be encouraged.
The signing of the Memoranda
of Understanding and the Protocol Agreement empower a process that
is unprecedented in Manitoba. The partners to the protocol share
a commitment and belief that by working together our historic goal
can be achieved.
At the end of the day it is my fundamental
belief and enduring hope that the diverse skills and gifts brought
by all participants will yield a plan that truly represents the
best interests of all children and families in Manitoba.
I wish you well in your work.
of Manitoba Chiefs - Grand Chief Dennis White Bird
Metis Federation - President David Chartrand
Keewatinowi Okimakanak - Chief Francis Flett
of Northern Affairs - The Honourable Eric Robinson
of Family Services and Housing -The Honourable Tim Sale