National Scan of Aboriginal Father Involvement Programs in Canada

Thursday Sep 26, 2013

One of the major successes of FIRA's Community University Research Alliance project is the national discussion on Aboriginal fatherhood generated by the work of our Indigenous Fathers research cluster, led by Jessica Ball and Ron George.  The increasing level of activity related to father involvement in Aboriginal communities prompted the Healthy Child Development Section of the Public Health Agency of Canada to request that Dr. Ball undertake a national scan of efforts across the countries to create and implement strategies that support Aboriginal fathers' involvement with their children.

The scan methodology involved contacting 130 individuals or organizations identified as having knowledge of or running programs for First Nations, Inuit or Métis fathers. Contact was established with over half of these individuals, yielding descriptions of approximately 35 successful programs. The 103-page report, co-authored by Jessica Ball and Sarah Moselle, provides observations on the common elements of outreach and support initiatives including:

• facilitators

• availability of food

• making resources and programs male-friendly

• cultural relevance

• funding

• cultures of intervention

• challenges, success and best practices.

The report includes a listing of resources relevant to Aboriginal father involvement along with profiles of 35 Canadian initiatives or programs, located primarily in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario, designed to support Indigenous fathers..

The full report, Aboriginal Father Involvement Programs National Scan, is now available on the FIRA website.