Social Services

Rob has helped the Huu-ay-aht families bring their children home by putting together a panel of experts to develop recommendations on the best ways to keep Huu-ay-aht families together. Rob has also helped secure additional government funding in order to implement the recommendations.

Example of Clients

Huu-ay-aht Independent Panel

Huu-ay-aht First Nations Social Services Independent Panel

In 2016, the Executive Council of Huu-ay-aht First Nations appointed this independent Panel with the following mandate:

“To recommend the changes necessary to ensure that all Huu-ay-aht children grow up safe, healthy, and connected to Huu-ay-aht home, culture and values.” 

It was borne out of a strong desire in the Huu-ay-aht community and government to “bring our children home” and to take definitive steps to improve outcomes for Huu-ay-aht children and families, so that Huu-ay-aht children can grow up healthy, happy and connected to Huu-ay-aht culture and community.


Where Rob came in

  • Assist in the development of the overall strategy
  • Support in bringing together the independent panel members
  • Negotiate funding from the provincial and federal governments after the report was released for implementation of the panel’s recommendations

Panel Final Report

Short film of the Panel’s Recommendations

The 25-minute documentary film, produced and filmed by Munro/Thompson, highlights the issues in the social services processes as it relates to First Nations children, and provides a summary of the recommendations by the Panel.

Media Coverage

Huu-ay-aht declares public health emergency and demands the Province do better for First Nations children in care

Globe Newswire

Today, Huu-ay-aht First Nations declared the treatment of Huu-ay-aht children by the Province of British Columbia a public health emergency.

“Despite the provincial government saying it is a priority, we continue to see the…

BC Supreme Court grants Huu-ay-aht mother more access to her newborn

Globe Newswire

Huu-ay-aht First Nations won an important case in the Supreme Court of British Columbia on Tuesday that grants a young mother more access to her new-born child to ensure breastfeeding and bonding are not further harmed.

“This is an important victory,” explains Maegen Giltrow, legal counsel for the mother and…