Children and Family Services

The Métis Nation of Alberta’s (MNA) department of Children and Family Services (CFS) aims to provide culturally appropriate opportunities to maintain and enhance connections with family, community, and culture. CFS is committed to helping build strong, resilient Métis families by prioritizing the programs and services that provide the necessary tools to best support Métis children with early learning, child development, resources and supports for Métis families to thrive within their communities.

Reach out today at (780) 455-2200 or mnacfs@metis.org.

Pink Shirt Day – February 24

Every year on February 24, we wear pink shirts to reflect on a student who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. This Pink Shirt Day, we encourage you to spend some time talking with the children in your life about bullying and how to stand up against it.

Here are two activity sheets to help you spark meaningful conversations about the impact bullying has on our community.  

When we work together to treat others with respect, everyone wins. It’s up to all of us to be part of the solution and stand up to bullying!

Pink Shirt Day Activity Sheet 1

Pink Shirt Day Activity Sheet 2

Child & Family COVID-19 Relief Program

The Children and Family Services Department is pleased to present the Child & Family COVID-19 Relief Program (CFCRP). Through this program, MNA citizens who have been impacted by COVID-19 can access one-time funding of $500 per eligible child aged 0-12 per month for three months (January, February, March 2021), up to a total amount of $2,500 per household/family.

Find out if you are eligible for the CFCRP


Apply for the CFCRP!

Learn about other COVID-19 support programs

Métis Resource Worker

The Métis Resource Worker can be an essential link between the child, family, community, and Alberta Children’s Services by:

  • Strengthening family and engaging community through Métis culture
  • Providing client-centered culturally sensitive approaches to wellness
  • Assisting with MNA citizenship registration for children in care, persons with previous Children’s Services involvement, and adoptees
  • Developing culturally appropriate family plans with Alberta Children`s Services staff
  • Offering in-person cultural training, resource referral, and support planning to kinship caregivers and foster families caring for Métis children
  • Advocacy and community-based referrals

Supports & Services Navigator

The Supports and Services Navigator connects Métis citizens with various MNA affiliated programs, provincial government supports, and community resources.

MNA-affiliated resources include:

  • Education, training, and funding options through Rupertsland Institute
  • Entrepreneurial support and business development via Apeetogosan Métis Development Inc.
  • Low-cost housing, rent subsidies, and home repairs through Métis Capital Urban Housing Corporation

Provincial government and community resources include:

  • Provincially funded programs relating to financial support, mental health, and addictions
  • Navigation to community-based legal services
  • Publicly funded and low-cost private health care programs and services

“Oskaya Ayamichikewak” Young Readers Program

The MNA Children & Family Services have partnered with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to enhance early learning and literacy within our community.

Sign up to receive a free book monthly to read with your 0 – 5 year old toddlers!

Read the poster for more info and get some books for you and your little ones to read together!

Resource Contact Numbers

Rupertsland Institute: 1-888-486-3847
Apeetogosan: 1-800-252-7963
Métis Urban Housing: 1-877-458-8684
Law Society of Alberta: 1-800-661-1095
Alberta Works Emergency Financial Assistance: 1-877-644-9992
Alberta Child and Adult Health Benefit: 1-877-469-5437
Alberta Health Services 24/7 Mental Health Hotline: 1-877-303-2642

Activity Books

MNA Children’s Cultural Activity Book

MNA Youth and Teens Cultural Activity Book