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Transfer authority of child welfare to Indigenous communities – IRPP

by ahnationtalk on April 20, 2022168 Views

April 20, 2022

The colonial child-welfare system needs more than a set of fixes. Indigenous communities should be running these services themselves, a study finds.

Recent reminders of the over-representation of First Nations children in child welfare services and of those services’ shortcomings and harms have come from the courts, a public inquiry in Quebec and Parliament. At the same time, jurisdictional wrangling persists about who should be running such services, with Quebec and Ottawa disputing how much authority can be transferred to Indigenous communities. A recent study in which I was involved supports Indigenous communities running these services for themselves.

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