Jocelyn Wabano-Iahtail was leery coming into the two-day conference on child welfare that wrapped up Friday in Ottawa.
And she’s not heading home from the so-called emergency meeting feeling much better.
“Because I know the Millennium Scoop is ongoing,” said Wabano-Iahtail.
She feels the grassroots were left out of the meetings.
“That’s quite a disappointment,” she said. “I am well aware of the fact that there were many who wanted to attend. This was very secret; is what it seemed to many of us.
“They weren’t given ample opportunity to attend. As well, a lot of our youth were not permitted to attend.”
One politician said work will get underway on community-based solutions.
“The safety of those children is critical but children can be safe with their aunt, with their grandma, they can be safe in community, in a program of kinship care,” said Jane Philpott, minister of Indigenous Services. “So let’s not use safety as an excuse to extract children from their culture.”