Who We Are

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Who We Are

Our Vision

Strong and vibrant Métis and Inuit families with safe and healthy children.

Our Mission

Métis Child and Family Services Authority contributes to strong and healthy Métis and Inuit families and communities through culture, values and heritage supported through the wisdom of our Elders.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Ensure daily practice is guided by asking ourselves “Is It Good For The Children?”
  • Change the landscape and history of child welfare practices through recognizing the importance of reconciliation, culture and family.
  • Recognize the responsibility for decision-making stays with the family, extended family and community whenever possible.
  • Provide community-based supports to our agencies that mirror the needs of the children and families.
  • Recognize the importance of reflecting family values through our service delivery.
  • Apply the wisdom of Elders to guide our decisions and service practices that we know will impact future generations.
  • Respect and honor the diverse individuality of all people.
  • Support our agencies to build capacity within the original family unit to care for and provide a safe environment for their children.

Métis Child and Family Services Authority and its Agencies

The Métis CFS Authority is a non-profit organization responsible for the administration and provision of child and family services by the agencies under its jurisdiction. We are also responsible to monitor and support our agencies in their compliance to Provincial service standards. Our work is guided by asking ourselves “Is it good for the children?” The Authority is a proud affiliate of the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF), which is our governing body. The MMF appoints a Board of Directors who are responsible for overseeing the management of fiscal resources and approving the development of policies.

The services currently mandated by the Authority include the Métis Child, Family and Community Services Agency and the Michif Child and Family Services Agency, which includes the Parkland Region Designated Intake Agency (DIA). The Authority also hosts the Office of the CFS Standing Committee and, with the three other Authorities, jointly manages the Child and Family All Nations Coordinated Response Network (ANCR) in providing intake services for Winnipeg.

The Métis CFS Authority, whose principle office is located at the MMF Winnipeg home office, provides services in accordance with the Child and Family Services Authorities Act, The Child and Family Services Act and the Adoptions Act. The Métis Authority is responsible for:

  • Administering and providing for the delivery of child and family services to all people requesting services whether they are Métis or Inuit or not;
  • Monitoring the quality of services delivered by our mandated agencies and ensuring that these services follow practices and procedures in accordance with legislation and provincial standards;
  • Reviewing concerns brought forward from the community and agency service recipients. The Métis CFS Authority investigates these matters and advises the Métis CFS Minister as well as Manitoba’s Department of Families.

Core Functions

The core functions of the Authority are to ensure our agencies are in compliance with legislation and providing quality services through the following:

  • Conducting file and service audits
  • Special service and investigative reports
  • Program development
  • Critical incident reviews
  • Compliance with provincial standards
  • Transfers of guardianship
  • System-wide service training
  • Requests for changes of authority
  • Reviewing foster home appeals and variances
  • Child Death Reviews
  • Overseeing tuition waivers
  • Interprovincial agreements
  • Adoption approvals
  • Overseeing special foster rates
  • Birth Notifications for additional support
  • Agreements with young adults (AYAs)


Our main goal is to support our agencies’ practices in prevention work with parents and extended family members through preservation and reunification, while focusing on the safety and protection of children and youth.