Child Welfare

Fourth Indigenous Child in Group Home Dies

May 9, 2017

A fourth teenage girl who was living in a group home around 500 miles from her home died on May 4. Chiefs in Ontario have passed a resolution demanding an inquest into the disparity between the care provided for kids who live on-reserve versus those from non-First Nations communities.

Children in Government Care Need Additional Representation on Child Intervention Panel

May 11, 2017

Spokesperson for Protecting Canadian Children, Velvet Martin, believes that recent additions to the all-party panel on child intervention are not sufficient to deal with the issue.

Number of Indigenous Children in Group Homes Not Tracked

May 2, 2017

The government of Ontario does not keep track of the number of children it places into group homes. Since October, three youth have died while in group homes.

Child Welfare Panel Examines Complex Issues

April 25, 2017

A child intervention panel examines the complex issues that surround Indigenous children and their families in the child intervention system. In the first round of hearings, the panel met with Indigenous representatives and groups, and the panel will meet with youth in the next round.

Budget Includes Additional Funding for Youth, but Experts Say It Is Not Enough

February 22, 2017

According to experts, the 2017 budget falls short of providing adequate funding for services for youth and low-income families even with an increase in funding for education and the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Report Shows Indigenous Children Fail to Receive Adequate Support from Child Welfare Services

March 31, 2017

A report from the Representative for Children and Youth was released on March 30 and focused on inadequate funding for Delegated Aboriginal Agencies, which serve Indigenous children and their families.

B.C. Commits to Indigenous Control of Child-Welfare Decisions

November 22, 2016

In response to a report on how the province's child welfare system fails Indigenous children, the government of British Columbia has committed to handing over control of child-welfare decisions in aboriginal communities to Indigenous authorities.

Federal Government Pushing for On-Reserve Child Welfare Reform

October 27, 2016

The federal government has appointed Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux as a special representative to tackle the challenge of improving the quality on-reserve child welfare services.

Report Highlights High Poverty Rates Among Indigenous Children

September 1, 2016

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has released a report on child poverty rates in Canada. Based on data from the 2011 National Household Survery, the study shows that aboriginal children living on reserve have by far the highest rate of poverty of all groups in the country.

Sixties Scoop Class Action Suit has Court Hearing

August 25, 2016

Survivors of the Sixties Scoop — in which 16,000 First Nations children in Ontario were removed from their families and placed in non-Native homes — gathered at the Osgoode Hall law courts in Toronto for a rally in advance of a one-day court hearing.