Sask First Nations call for end to practice of ‘birth alerts’ – CBC

Sask First Nations call for end to practice of ‘birth alerts’ – CBC

by ahnationtalk on February 4, 2020145 Views

Feb 04, 2020

BC, Manitoba announce end to placement of newborns into provincial care

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) says Saskatchewan must join other provinces and end the practice of “birth alerts.”

A Saskatchewan government official said the practice is under review.

A birth alert is issued when there is concern for the safety or welfare of a newborn baby. The baby is often seized and placed in provincial care.

In 2019, there were 122 birth alerts in Saskatchewan, compared with 157 in each of the previous two years, according to the provincial government.

FSIN vice-chief Heather Bear and other critics said the practice targets Indigenous mothers.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/first-nations-call-for-end-birth-alerts-1.5451236

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