OTTAWA- Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says the federal government’s proposed legislation on Indigenous child services can be a clarion call across Canada to stop scooping children from families needlessly.
Philpott says families should not be torn apart because they are poor or because parents have health problems.
A bill won’t change the way Indigenous parents are treated by itself but Philpott says it can be a turning point, a call that says “No more.”
Philpott was speaking to First Nations chiefs at a major Assembly of First Nations gathering in Ottawa today.
The federal government announced last week that it plans to introduce legislation on child services co-developed with Indigenous groups in the new year, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirming Tuesday the bill will come in January.
The broad strokes of the bill were set over the last year in consultation with Indigenous leaders and families after an outcry from parents and communities that children were not being properly cared for.