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Saskatchewan Indigenous leader concerned over funding of child welfare – Preeceville Progress

by ahnationtalk on December 11, 2019112 Views

December 11, 2019

SASKATOON — The head of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations says Ottawa needs to provide money for First Nations who want to take over their own child welfare under new legislation.

Chief Bobby Cameron says without reliable funding, changes to Indigenous child welfare that are coming in January will fail.

A new First-Nations-based approach to Aboriginal kids in care passed in Parliament last summer, but there is no new funding attached.

Cameron says he hopes to meet soon with Marc Miller, the new federal minister of Indigenous services.

Cameron is to meet next week with Saskatchewan Social Services Minister Paul Merriman, and hopes he will support the FSIN’s request for funding.

The chief suggests that provincial support on the matter could lead to his organization’s standing behind Saskatchewan on priority issues such as opposition to the federal carbon tax.

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