Inclusivity Statement

We strive to provide safe, identity-affirming and culturally informed services to the children, youth and families we serve.

The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa acknowledges that our work takes place on the unceded homelands of the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation peoples who have nurtured and inhabited these lands for generations. We recognize the deep-rooted history of this region, which has traditionally served as a meeting place for diverse Indigenous communities. In doing so, we honour and respect the urban Inuit, Métis and First Nations peoples who have long called this area their home.

We acknowledge the painful legacy of child welfare in Indigenous communities and are committed to implementing the Calls to Action outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Despite operating under present colonial policies, we are dedicated to advocating for change within our sphere of influence and challenging the existing systems. We aim to address the weight of colonial legacy and engage in a transformative process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples of Canada.

We also acknowledge that the history of African Canadians is rich, spans over 400 years and continues to be made every day by African Canadians. We understand that anti-Black racism has historically and continues to be intertwined with the lived experiences of people of African descent in Canada. We recognize that anti-Black racism is deeply embedded in Canadian institutions, practices and policies. However, we vow to disrupt and dismantle the oppressive and systemic anti-Black racism that continues to disproportionately affect African Canadians.

We acknowledge that heterosexism and cissexism remain prevalent in Canada, including in Ottawa. The 2SLGBTQIA+ community continues to face hate crimes and discrimination. We recognize that some youth in care are involved in the child welfare system due to their sexual orientation or gender identity and subsequent rejection from their families and communities. We believe every child and youth has the right to their identity, which encompasses the recognition and affirmation of intersectionality. We also acknowledge and celebrate the role of foster and adoptive parents, many of whom are same-sex couples who have been exceptional providers and collaborators. We are committed to inclusive and respectful services to parents from the 2SLGBTQIA+ community when providing child welfare services.

The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa strives to be a partner to all who live in our community. We value all families regardless of ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. All are welcome to our offices, and we aim to serve all families in a way that is open, safe, inclusive, affirming and positive.