Ontario is in the process of developing a multi-year Aboriginal Children and Youth Strategy.
Responding to the recommendations from the Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare and former Ontario Aboriginal Advisor, John Beaucage, the strategy will focus on building community-driven, integrated and culturally appropriate supports to help Aboriginal children and young people grow up healthy and reach their full potential.
The province said in a news release that it is working with First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Aboriginal peoples to transform services to better meet the needs of Aboriginal children and young people.
According to the 2006 Census, 27 per cent of Aboriginal people in Ontario were under the age of 15.
More than 80 new Aboriginal Mental Health and Addictions workers are being hired to help more than 4,000 Aboriginal children and youth living in high needs communities.