AFN national chief says child welfare reform deal reached with Ottawa

 The Canadian Press  09/07/2024 The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations said Tuesday that she has received a draft offer from Ottawa to overhaul Indigenous child-welfare systems, but insists she cannot say publicly how much money is on the table. “This is on long-term reform,” said Cindy Woodhouse Nepinak in a statement to chiefs on Tuesday. “I’m very happy for the compensation here.” The first day of the yearly meeting, which is Woodhouse Nepinak’s first since she became national chief in December, was expected to heavily focus on child welfare. Ahead of the Montreal gathering, Woodhouse Nepinak was criticized by three AFN regional chiefs for leaving First Nations leaders out of negotiations with the federal government over the terms of child-welfare reforms. She has denied that charge. She…

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