Research, Policy and Standards Resources

The Saskatchewan First Nations Family and Community Institute Inc. is developing a research agenda and framework to provide timely and relevant evidence based information on the trends and issues that impact First Nations Child Welfare in Saskatchewan.

As we further develop publications, reports and findings we will share these with our membership and public as part of our communications and sharing strategies for First Nations Child Welfare.

Publications and Reports


2017-18 Disability Research Project

Children and youth in care, on reserve living with disabilities represent an underserved group whose characteristics, needs, and experiences are not well understood.  This year’s Disability research project was therefore motivated by a desire to document service-related experiences and to collect systematic data on children and youth in care and on reserve with disabilities.

This project was a partnership between SFNFCI and two Saskatchewan First Nations CFS Agencies (Meadow Lake Tribal Council CFS and Agency Chiefs CFS) who collectively serve 13 distinct Cree and Dene communities.

Together, the project partners developed and implemented a data collection tool and conducted interviews with local stakeholders in order to document:

(1)the nature and incidence of disabilities among children/youth in care within their communities;

(2) the impacts of disability;

(3) service gaps and needs.


The full project Final Report and a more brief Summary Report maybe accessed by clicking the images below:


2017 First Nations Child Welfare Community Engagement Research

The purpose of the First Nations Community Research Engagement project to help inform Child Welfare Reform in Saskatchewan. 

First Nations Community Research Purpose Video (view time ~1 min) click the image below:








Culture and 4 Functions of Child Welfare Reseach Video (view time ~3 min) click the image below:








SFNFCI's First Nations Community Research focused on collecting the voices from First Nations Elders, Youth, Community Members, Child and Family Service Workers, Board of Directors for Child and Family Service Workers, Group Home Workers and Caregivers, other Service Providers, and First Nations people who have had, or currently have family members in care.

First Nations Voices for Reform 2017 Findings Video (view time ~6 min) click the image below:










The report was completed in August 2017. 

To read the 5 themes, associated 16 priority areas & recommended actions click:











Athabasca Community Research Partnership, 2016-17

Through a Disabilities Initiative grant from INAC, SFNFCI was able to partner with Athabasca Denesuline Child and Family Services on a project looking at the experiences of children and youth with disabilities living on reserve in the far North.  The project was completed in March 2017 and this Summary Report provides an overview of the key findings and recommendations. To view the Summary Report click  ~Athabasca Community Research Partnership Summary Report~ 

Member Survey

The Saskatchewan First Nations Family and Community Institute contracted Dr. Raven Sinclair Consulting to conduct a member survey to validate its vision and seek additional direction.  For a summary of the survey objectives and key findings click here

An Overview of the Recognition of Custom Adoption in Canada, February 15, 2013

The Saskatchewan First Nations Family & Community Institute published a report on Custom Adoption in Sasktchewan.  The SFNFCI contracted the University of Sasktchewan College of Law: Professor Marilyn Poitras and Professor Norman Zlotkin to conduct the research and write the report. The report focuses on a literature review and research with First Nations about their views and experiences of custom adoption.  The report gives recomendations on the direction of custom adoption for First Nations in Saskatchewan.   The report was used as a resource for the legislative review in Saskatchewan 2013.

Custom Adoption