Indigenous Services Minister takes heat for not giving Ontario its fair share

By Dennis Hanagan Special to Turtle Island News TORONTO – Indigenous child welfare in Canada is “a humanitarian crisis,” federal Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan told the Chiefs of Ontario (COO) assembly here in last week. He said too many Indigenous children end up in care away from their communities with the system not taking into account their culture, experiences and traditions. “That’s got to stop now. It incentivizes apprehension over prevention,” O’Regan said. He said Bill C-92 puts jurisdiction back in the hands of First Nations to determine if another relative or community member can care for a child.“Together we will ensure that your inherent jurisdiction over Child and Family Services is recognized and affirmed,” he said. “That is why we have nearly doubled the annual funding for First…

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