Pathways in a Forest: Indigenous guidance on prevention-based child welfare is a law reform report developed collaboratively by West Coast LEAF and the families, Elders, and staff at Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Lii Michif Otipemisiwak, and the Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association. The report highlights efforts by Indigenous families, communities, and Nations to revitalize Indigenous approaches to child welfare, develop comprehensive community-based supports, and fight for self-determination. It centres the voices of 64 caregivers who share their stories of fighting to keep their children out of government care.

Pathways in a Forest is one of the outcomes of the Shifting the Child Protection System law reform project. We thank the many generous people whose expertise and leadership are at the heart of this project and report.

Read the full Pathways in a Forest report.

Read the executive summary. 

Report cover of Pathways in a Forest