AMC Grand Chief Derek Nepinak and Chief Arlen Dumas of the Mathias Colomb First Nation (Pukatawagan) were among aboriginal leaders Tuesday calling for Manitoba’s child welfare system to be overhauled, including moving away from seizing children and putting a greater focus on supporting parents at the community level. (Genevieve Murchison/CBC)
A Manitoba aboriginal group says the province’s child welfare system is part of an ongoing “genocide” and needs to be completely overhauled.
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says First Nations children are being seized from their parents in record numbers and are being deprived of their family bonds and their culture.
The group has released a report which calls for more aboriginal control over services.
It also calls for a move away from seizing children and a greater focus on supporting parents at the community level.
Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross says she hasn’t seen the report, but is working to address the high number of aboriginal kids in care.
The are about 10,000 children in the system and more than 70 per cent are aboriginal.