Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle

Making a difference
one community at a time

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Nanoogdwenj-jik Circle Approach for First Nation, Metis & Inuit

The History of the ADR Program

  • In 2007, Simcoe CAS incorporated Case Conferencing into its services which later developed into an Indigenous Circle Facilitator.
  • The rates of client engagement and service provision for the FNMI families benefited greatly and a desire to tap into Indigenous Approaches to ADR was a way to serve more complex families involved in the Child Welfare court system and divert those cases.
  • In 2008, a working group was established to seek funding through EBBS however, no success for two years.
  • MCYS approached BANAC in October 2010 to pilot the process in Simcoe and also engage the Indigenous communities in Central East region with respect to ADR.
  • The Central East Region includes Simcoe, York, Durham, North Cumberland and Kawartha/Haliburton Child Welfare Organizations.
  • Blue Hills Child & Family Services provides FGDM and child mediation in the Central East Region.

Desired Outcomes

  • To keep families together
  • To prevent children from coming into CAS care
  • To divert family (CAS) cases from the CFSA court system.

Please call the office for more information: 705-734-1818