The Agency Serving Our First Nations Communities & Upholding Indian Control

The QBOW Child and Family Services, Inc. is a non-profit organization providing programming and service delivery designed to address a wide range of complex social problems. Our Agency takes the approach that no child shall be left behind when it comes to the provision of protective services. All programming and services are provided as per the ‘Family Centered Approach Manual’ offered by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services.

The QBOW Child and Family Services, Inc. is truly a unique arrangement and partnership brought about by the desire to uphold these important principles for “Indian Control” and “Standards” as described in the FSIN’s ‘Indian Child Welfare & Family Support Act’:

  • Under Treaty, Indian Nations have the right to exercise Indian Government jurisdiction in all matters pertaining to their citizens.

  • Indian Nations have the right to determine the level of services they wish to deliver, delegate to Tribal Council or Commissions, purchase or joint-venture.

  • Indian Nations (or delegated authorities) have the right to establish standards for their citizens based on identified community needs and aspirations.

  • Indian Nations (or delegated authorities) will be accountable to their citizens on all matters related to the delivery of goods and services.

  • Indian Nations (or delegated authorities) will ensure that the transition from federal administrative control to Indian Government control is based on Indian Government principles.

  • The Federal Trust Responsibility will be maintained and strengthened by Indian Nations and their delegated authorities.

  • The fiscal obligation of the Federal Government includes the provision of resources for the payment of services related to development, executive management, program delivery, professional services, contractual arrangements with other governments, administration, and capital.

At present the QBOW Child and Family Services, Inc. has a strong relationship with both the Federal and Provincial levels of government. This relationship is due in part to the Agency’s commitment to uphold the above mentioned principles.

The Agency receives funding through the National First Nations Child and Family Services (FNCFS) program under the following four components: development, maintenance, operations and prevention.

Governance of QBOW Child & Family Services

QBOW Child & Family Services is an incorporated body with a board of directors empowered through the Non-profit Corporations Act. The QBOWCFS Board of Directors includes the following:

  • Board Member – Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation

  • Board Member – Muscowpetung Saulteaux First Nation

  • Board Member – Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation

  • Board Member – Wood Mountain Lakota Nation

  • Board Member – Wahpeton First Nation

  • Board Member – Member at Large – Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation

Authority is vested in the corporation by virtue of Article III of the Indian Child Welfare and Family Support Act, as amended 1994 and section 61 of the current Saskatchewan Child Welfare Act, without prejudice to any existing or future treaty right; to any land claim agreements; to any Treaty-based governance and fiscal developments or any future constitutional developments, including the recognition and affirmation of the inhere right to self-government of First Nations.

All potential member First Nations entering the Agency receive full membership rights into the corporation.

For further information on becoming a member First Nation of the Agency please contact us or call directly to the executive Director at: 1 (306) 332-1842


QBOW Child & Family Services

P.O. Box 753, 

Fort Qu'Appelle, SK, S0G 1S0


Southern Saskatchewan


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