Ottawa gives Manitoba chiefs money to study reforming child welfare system

Brittany Hobson
APTN National News 
Canada’s indigenous affairs minister says child welfare needs to be reformed to better serve First Nations.

Carolyn Bennett is in Winnipeg to announce funding for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to study how Child and Family Services can be overhauled.

Bennett says the $550,000 will help First Nations consult with elders, social workers and youth to figure out how to better address their needs.

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak says putting more money into child welfare doesn’t make sense until the system stops rewarding the apprehension of kids.

He says agencies should focus more on supporting families and keeping them together.

Manitoba has more than 10,000 children in care and apprehends an average of one newborn baby a day.

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— with files from the Canadian Press

Reporter / Winnipeg

Brittany joined the APTN news team in October 2016. She is Ojibway and a member of the Long Plain First Nation in Manitoba. Before coming to APTN, she graduated with a joint degree in communications from the University of Winnipeg and Red River College.

1 thought on “Ottawa gives Manitoba chiefs money to study reforming child welfare system

  1. Well, first of all, 500,000.00 is not enough for a reform…and our native folks say bring our children home!!!. Well , first of all, is it safe at home???? And will their needs be met??? And my personal opinion is let’s educate the young adults need to be absent from sex. Until they understand the outcomes!!!! I suggest to start there, then move on to the real issues…!!!!…

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