The KTC Child & Family Society has been
providing child & family services to the
member First Nations of the Kee Tas Kee
Now Tribal Council through a Tri-partite
Agreement with Canada and the
Government of Alberta since 1997.
Historically, Child Welfare (as the term was
known then) services were delivered by the
Province to the First Nation communities.
Children were removed and placed outside
of their home communities and were sometimes adopted out without consent or consultation to the First Nations. Discussions took place and the Chiefs of the First Nations that had formed Tribal Councils decided that First Nation people should “Take Care of Their Own”.
With that in mind, Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council (KTC) which was made up of three member Nations (Whitefish Lake First Nation, Loon River First Nation and Woodland First Nation), had further meetings and discussions with the Province and INAC.
A Tri-partite Agreement was signed and KTC Child & Family Services Agency was incorporated on June 10th, 1997. The KTC Child & Family Services Agency was given delegation to provide Child Welfare Services to their people and is legislated by the Child, Youth & Family Enhancement Act.
The three parties enter into a new agreement every five years, which has enabled KTC Child & Family Services Society to continue providing Child, Youth & Family Enhancement Services to the current four member First Nations (Loon River Cree Nation, Woodland Cree First Nation, Peerless – Trout First Nation and Lubicon Lake Band).
Peerless – Trout First Nation joined the Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council and KTC Child & Family Services Society as of February 1st, 2013.
Lubicon Lake Band joined the Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council in June 2013 and KTC Child & Family Services Society as of January 2014.
Whitefish Lake First Nation left KTC Child & Family Services Society as of October 27, 2020 and created their own agency to provide services to their member children.