Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs hiring its own advocate to address child welfare issues

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Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs hiring its own advocate to address child welfare issues

Aboriginal group wants to address growing number of indigenous children in care

CBC News Posted: Apr 02, 2015 1:04 PM CT

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs calls the situation with First Nations children in Manitoba's Child and Family Services (CFS) system an epidemic. Government officials have said that most of the 10,000 children in care are indigenous.

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs calls the situation with First Nations children in Manitoba’s Child and Family Services (CFS) system an epidemic. Government officials have said that most of the 10,000 children in care are indigenous. (CBC)

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says it is hiring its own child and family advocate to help address the problems many aboriginal children face in the province’s child-welfare system.

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak calls the situation with First Nations children in Manitoba’s Child and Family Services (CFS) system an epidemic. Government officials have said that most of the 10,000 children in care are indigenous.

Manitoba already has a provincial child and family advocate, but Nepinak said he hopes having a separate advocate will help the assembly work with families, get a handle on the growing number of aboriginal children in care, and improve the CFS system.

“I have engaged the province at every level, I’ve engaged the federal government, I’ve even been into court to try to help get some control or try and get some empowerment back to indigenous families in Manitoba, and each time have come up against barrier after barrier after barrier,” he told CBC News on Thursday… Read More.

CBC News, April 2, 2015. Retrieved from: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/assembly-of-manitoba-chiefs-hiring-its-own-advocate-to-address-child-welfare-issues-1.3019884?cmp=abfb

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