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Introduction: June 2021 National Indigenous History Month


The month of June is National Indigenous History Month. BMG will highlight the Month with a series of feature articles on the BMG web site, which will also be posted to the BMG FaceBook and BMG Twitter accounts.  The content and idea for this month-long series of articles was provided by Marion Roberts, BMG’s Senior Indigenous Child Welfare Consultant. In this issue, we introduce you to Marion Roberts.

Marion brings more than thirty years of experience in Child Welfare. She held progressively responsible positions including senior management roles in service delivery, planning and human resources. Marion has excellent communication skills, ability to manage projects, and is skilled in community engagement practices.

As an Indigenous child welfare consultant, Marion has engaged with Indigenous communities and partnered with Indigenous child welfare organizations in the area of capacity development in Northern Ontario. In this role she both supported and facilitated the development of clinically based services, as well as leading a process of engaging child welfare and mental health services to plan effectively as partners in service delivery.

In addition, she was a member of a project team that developed a Customary Care Process Guide for the Province of Ontario; was a key member of a team consulting over 20 Northern rural and remote First Nation communities on child welfare funding on behalf of Indigenous Services Canada and NAN; and led the development of a training needs analysis and design recommendations for Indigenous Child welfare agencies in Ontario.

More recently she has taught  “Indigenous Social Work Practice” at Western University school of Social Work; and is involved with several First Nation communities reclaiming jurisdiction over children by facilitating and supporting the development of their own child and family law and developing prevention, early intervention and treatment models to support children and families.

At BMG, Marion is a Senior Indigenous Child Welfare Consultant and a member of the BMG Leadership Team.

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