Native Child and Family Services of Toronto stands as one of the most significant expressions of urban aboriginality. We are proud to be a leader in the field of Native human services in Canada.
Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) was founded in 1986 by concerned members of Toronto’s Native community. The founders were concerned about the high number of children in the care of Children’s Aid Societies and by the issues, such as poverty, addictions, family violence, and homelessness, confronting Native families in the city. The founders were further concerned that while the Native family had many issues before it, few services within the mainstream sector were available to meet the needs of an increasingly voiceless and marginalized community.
The founders were guided by a vision that saw the development of a single point of access to a host of needed services all under the control and guidance of the community itself. Important features of such services were that they be family and child-focused, holistic in their orientation, integrated, and preventative, with a strong Native cultural base as their foundation.