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Support for families of missing and deceased children


What is Bill 79? The Act authorizes the communication of personal information to the families of indigenous children who went missing or died after being admitted to an institution, also known as the law on lost children. It can help families in their research process. 


This bill enables the Direction de soutien aux familles to work with the minister to assist Indigenous families in their search of information, on the circumstances surrounding children’s disappearance or death, from an institution. 

A child’s admission to an institution must be prior to December 31, 1992, for the Act to apply. 

Being considerate of families’ manifold needs, culturally reassuring support measures may be taken. Support and guidance can be offered in ways that recognize and consider linguistic, cultural, psychological and spiritual needs, throughout the process. 

VIDEO: BILL 79 IN THREE MINUTES (Secrétariat aux relations avec les Premières Nations et les Inuit)

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CBHSSJB recognizes the hurt research of personal information regarding missing and deceased children may cause to individuals, families and communities. We encourage you to take advantage of services available to alleviate this burden. 



Wiichihiiwaauwin (Mental Health) Helpline

Service available 24/7. Cree speakers and Elders are available upon request 

Hope for Wellness Help Line

Hope for Wellness Helpline is available 24/7 to all Indigenous people across Canada. Whether you prefer to talk to someone on the phone or online,

Hope for Wellness is there to support you anytime. Chat online.

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