This is a joint news release with Kwanlin Dün First Nation.
In partnership with Kwanlin Dün First Nation, the Government of Yukon has established a family enhancement team in the McIntyre subdivision in Whitehorse to foster reconciliation and improve outcomes for Kwanlin Dün families and children.
The new six-person team includes a supervisor, two child protection workers, one family enhancement worker, one child-in-care worker, and one case aide. The team is working in close collaboration with Kwanlin Dün’s Director of Justice and family support liaison workers to provide on-site services and support to all members of the community.
The co-location of Family and Children's Services social workers at the Kwanlin Dün First Nation offices will allow for closer collaboration and knowledge sharing among our governments. Together, we can make a significant difference in the lives of families that will lead to earlier interventions and prevention of children entering care.
Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost
The goal of this partnership is to keep children safe and keep families together. The Government of Yukon’s willingness to work directly in McIntyre with Kwanlin Dün First Nation is a huge step towards building trust and enabling First Nations to access government support and services.
Kwanlin Dun First Nation Chief Doris Bill