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Indigenous group renews calls for Saskatchewan to end ‘birth alerts’ – National Post

by ahnationtalk on September 19, 201988 Views

REGINA — The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations in Saskatchewan is urging the province to follow British Columbia’s lead by ending the practice of “birth alerts.”

Such alerts inform government officials or child-welfare agencies when an infant is born to potentially high-risk parents, which can result in an investigation and a child being seized.

The federation is renewing its call to end the alerts following B.C.’s announcement earlier this week that it is stopping the practice, which has been heavily criticized for discriminating against Indigenous mothers.

“We applaud the B.C. government for moving towards a system that will help families and focus on preventative measures that offer prenatal supports and services to mothers who need or want it,” federation vice-chief Morley Watson said in a release Wednesday.

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