First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada

Suite 401 - 309 Cooper Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 0G5
Executive Director: Cindy Blackstock
Board President: Raymond Shingoose

Charitable Reg. #:86018 0058 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 2/5]


Audited financial statements available only upon request.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 60 cents are available for programs.

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About First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada:

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada is a 2-star rated charity with an average results reporting score. It is not financially transparent, has overhead spending outside Ci's reasonable range, and has reserve funds to cover program costs for three years and five months.

Founded in 1998 at a national meeting of First Nations child and family service agencies, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFC) works to ensure the safety and well-being of First Nations youth and their families. FNCFC works towards its vision of a future where First Nations children and their families have culturally-based, equitable opportunities through its programs. The charity does not provide a breakdown of spending by program.

Through the emblem of FNCFC's Spirit Bear, the charity works to combat inequities in public services for First Nations children, youth, and families by advocating for First Nations rights. Spirit Bear is a member of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council and represents the 165,000 First Nations children impacted by the 2016 First Nations Child Welfare Case at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. As such, the Bear regularly appears at Canadian Human Rights Tribunal hearings. In F2022, FNCFC completed the second film in the Spirit Bear film series, published the fourth Spirit Bear calendar, and sold over 6,500 books and 1,000 copies of the 2021 calendar. The charity also donated 500 books and 1,000 calendars to First Nations agencies, schools, and hospitals.

In F2022, the charity hosted 120 virtual and in-person events, participated in over 150 media engagements, and published four newsletters.

The charity works to further the rights of First Nations people through representation in research. FNCFC runs the First Peoples Child & Family Review - a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal that honours the voices of First Nations people and non-Indigenous allies and supporters. Alongside the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Education, FNCFC also co-runs the First Nations Children’s Action Research and Education Service. The Service focuses on translating research on structural disadvantages for First Nations children into practical community-based solutions.

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Results and Impact

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada's advocacy efforts have contributed to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal's issuance of 23 procedural and non‑compliance orders since 2016, three of which were issued in F2022. These orders are in relation to FNCFC's role in a landmark 2016 ruling, where the Tribunal found that the Canadian Government was racially discriminating against 165,000 First Nations children and their families in its provision of the First Nations Child and Family Services program by failing to implement the full scope of Jordan’s Principle. Jordan's Principle ensures that First Nations children can access the services they need, based on substantive equality. FNCFC is actively involved in ensuring the government upholds Jordan's Principle. As a result of this ruling, over two million services and products have been provided to First Nations children since 2017.

In F2022, the Tribunal also ordered Canada to provide $2,500 per First Nations person on reserve and in the Yukon for child welfare prevention services.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada received donations of $2.4m in F2022. It also received $1.4m in business activities (contract services and publication sales), representing 37% of total revenues.

Administrative and fundraising costs combined are 40% of revenues (excluding investment income). For every dollar donated, 60 cents go to the cause. This is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The charity has reserve funds of $3.4m, which can cover three years and five months of annual program costs.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated July 19, 2023 by Kiara Andrade.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Fundraising & admin costs as % of revenues 39.6%30.5%26.0%
Total overhead spending 39.5%30.5%26.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 340.9%279.4%287.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,449,761908,7401,307,600
Government funding 04558,253
Fees for service 10,49020,7217,234
Business activities (net) 1,437,607518,455317,868
Total revenues 3,897,8581,448,3711,640,955
Program costs 985,296714,266616,428
Fundraising & administrative costs 1,541,552441,095426,315
Total spending 2,526,8481,155,3611,042,743
Cash flow from operations 1,371,010293,010598,212
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 3,358,7821,995,8581,769,250

Note: Ci adjusted for government funding reported in the charity's T3010 filing with the CRA. To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted for deferred revenues, affecting revenues by $41k in F2022, ($220k) in F2021, and $66k in F2020. Ci reported contract services and publication sales in business activities as presented in the charity's audited financial statements. It is unclear if these figures are reported net or gross by FNCFC. Amortization was removed from administrative and fundraising costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 7

Avg. compensation: $54,211

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2022

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001