Indigenous child welfare legislation stalled due to complaints from First Nations

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Kenneth Jackson
APTN National News

The Trudeau government is facing opposition from First Nations across the country on a draft of its child welfare legislation according to the grand chief of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians.

Joel Abram said two key issues are jurisdiction and having funding fully legislated in the bill. He feels the draft falls short of that and is more of a "feel good" bill. 

They’ve been given a drop-dead date of Feb. 18 for the bill to be tabled and still have time to reach royal assent.