‘We want this to happen:’ First Nation in Saskatchewan moves to handle its own child services – Toronto Star

‘We want this to happen:’ First Nation in Saskatchewan moves to handle its own child services – Toronto Star

by ahnationtalk on February 3, 2020167 Views

Feb. 2, 2020

COWESSESS, SASK.—A Saskatchewan chief says his First Nation is not waiting on Ottawa to announce funding before the band works toward taking over its own child welfare.

Cowessess First Nation, about 170 kilometres east of Regina, is one of at least eight Indigenous groups in Western Canada and Ontario that have notified Indigenous Services Canada that they intend to handle their own child and family services as allowed under new federal legislation.

Chief Cadmus Delorme says Cowessess has already drafted its own child services law — one of the first steps required before a First Nation can take over.

The Cowessess law establishes an agency and outlines principles for programs including prevention, apprehension and intervention. It could be ratified in March, said Delorme.

Read More: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/02/02/we-want-this-to-happen-first-nation-in-saskatchewan-moves-to-handle-its-own-child-services.html

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