In light of the recent country-wide protests, we want to take a moment to reaffirm our commitment to fostering a safe and inclusive environment for all 2SLGBTQ+ children and youth.
Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) has zero tolerance for any form of hateful or discriminatory acts targeting the 2SLGBTQ+ community. It is disheartening that in our province, some youth have found themselves entangled in the child welfare system due to the rejection they have faced from their caregivers regarding their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. We recognize that forcibly outing a child or youth can expose them to severe risks and potential harm. At NCFST, we hold the belief that every youth should have the opportunity to explore their identity in a nurturing and accepting environment. We are committed to amplifying the voices of our youth across Turtle Island and providing them with safe spaces in all our circles, where they can truly belong.
ALL youth, including our cherished 2SLGBTQ+ youth, possess an inherent right to respect, safety, and overall well-being. We remain committed in our dedication to nurturing a healthy community on Turtle Island that values diversity and actively protects the rights and well-being of every individual.