Adoption Protections for Indigenous Children in Canada

Hayley Hahn and Vandna Sinha - Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal

This information sheet outlines provincial adoption provisions for Indigenous children. Provincial protections pertaining to the adoption of Indigenous children are compiled in two tables, displayed and discussed below. As Canada’s government prepares to draft federal legislation in support of Indigenous child welfare, it must consider the strengths and vulnerabilities of current provincial legislation. Such consideration will help federal, provincial, and territorial governments to ensure Indigenous children remain connected to their families, communities and cultures even when placed for adoption. This, in turn, will help Canada realize a reconciliation relationship with First Nations, and other Indigenous, peoples.