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First Nations in Sask. push for Indigenous children’s advocate – CBC

by ahnationtalk on March 7, 201884 Views

More than 70% of the 5,200 kids in care in Saskatchewan are Indigenous

Mar 07, 2018

First Nations in Saskatchewan want their own advocate for Indigenous children in care — a move supported by the province’s appointee.

“I myself am First Nations and I believe our First Nation people have the ability, have the knowledge, have the experience, have the inherent right to take care of our own children,” said Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth Corey O’Soup.

The children’s advocate is an independent office that deals with issues related to children in the care of a provincial ministry or agency. It performs a mix of public education, research, advocacy and investigations.

“Right now our First Nations are transitioning to taking over their own child and family services and their child welfare system. I think this would be just the next step,” O’Soup said.

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