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Government ‘repeat offender’ when it comes to First Nations kids

Todd Lamirande
Nation to Nation
The new Indigenous services minister was introduced to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) this week.

And Marc Miller promised that Canada would compensate children in care in due course.

“We have that track record with respect to the Indian Day School settlements, the residential school settlements and the Sixties Scoop.”

But Cindy Blackstock, who continues to fight the Liberals before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, still doesn’t trust the government’s track record.

“Even as a repeat offender against First Nations children, it still wants to call the shots on what’s gonna happen with these kids,” said the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.

Another hot topic at the special chiefs’ assembly in Ottawa was child welfare reform or Bill C-92.

The bill, which comes into effect Jan. 1, is supposed to give control over child welfare systems to Indigenous governments.

But Kevin Hart, the AFN’s regional chief in Manitoba, says First Nations control needs funding.

“Definitely, let Canada know that there’s gonna be a need of roughly about $3.5 billion over the next 5 years,” he told Nation to Nation.

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One Response to “Government ‘repeat offender’ when it comes to First Nations kids”

  1. m*****@bellaliant.net'
    Dennis Gabriel January 24, 2020 at 10:36 am #

    Good Afternoon Mr. Miller, Why is the Liberal Government dragging its feet on the Qalipu First Nation (QFN) and the desire to have we Veterans returned to the QFN Band? Most of us were “original Founding Members” and were simply removed because we do not reside in Newfoundland. This Charter of Rights issue is compounded by the discrimination/oppression we have experienced by being removed from the Band of QFN. Kindly personally reply to me. Wela’lin. Hidden Feather aka Dennis G. Gabriel