First Nations Orphan Association (FNOA) was born out a grassroots effort to bring awareness and healing to Indian communities impacted by adoption and foster care. After several years it became apparent that there needed to be a more formalized approach.
First Nations Repatriation Institute (FNRI) will pick up and expand the original work of FNOA. It will be a resource to adoptees connecting them other adoptees and resources. The goals are focused in Education, Scholarship and Advocacy
The term First Nations people will be used when referring to American Indians or Native Americans. Chris Leith, elder, spiritual leader and co-founder of FNOA advised us that in pre-Columbian contact we were a people of Nationhood, we had sophisticated governments. We are the First Nations of this land.
Repatriation (from Late Latin repatriatre – to go home again: to restore or return to the country of origin, allegiance or citizenship). The purpose of First Nations Repatriation Institute is to create a resource for First Nations people impacted by foster care or adoption to return home, reconnect, and reclaim their identity. The Institute also serves as a resource to enhance the knowledge and skills of practitioners who serve First Nations people.
The First Nations Repatriation Institute fills a significant gap in resources available for First Nations people. There is currently no organized effort at a local, state, national or international level to address the needs of people separated from their culture by foster care or adoption.
The First Nations Repatriation Institute provides technical assistance, education; research and advocacy on the process of Truth, Healing and Reconciliation for the healing and return home of First Nations people impacted by foster care and adoption.
The Institute promotes Truth, Healing and Reconciliation as a way to address historical trauma and disenfranchised grief caused by forced removal of indigenous children to foster care and adoption. We support family and cultural reunification as well as community healing.
The goals of the First Nations Repatriation Institute include the following areas of education, scholarship and advocacy:
The purpose of the Institute is to: