Sen. Murray Sinclair, the chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on residential schools and Manitoba's first Indigenous judge, has compared the current child-welfare system to the residential school system.
Youth living in government care in Vancouver travelled to Victoria to share their stories and lobby the provincial government for changes to the child welfare system. Dylan Cohen, an Indigenous youth organizer for the advocacy group First Call and one of the organizers of this event,
B.C.'s Métis community signed an agreeement with the province to transfer control of child welfare programs back to the Metis community. This agreement with help to substantially reduce the number of Métis children and youth in government care.
Cowichan Tribes project on chid welfare legislation.
Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott has declared the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in foster care a humanitarian crisis. The most recent census found that 52 percent of children under the age of 15 in foster homes are Indigenous, even though Indi
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.