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NT Government: Report of the Director of Family and Child Services Released

Earlier this week, Minister of Health and Social Services, Diane Thom, tabled the 2018-2019 Annual Report of the Director of Child and Family Services (CFS) in the Legislative Assembly. The report provides data on child and family services program delivery throughout the Northwest Territories. Information in the report includes the number of children receiving services, […]

by ahnationtalk on December 12, 201920 Views

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YT Government: Honouring Connections fosters progressive approach to supporting First Nation children in care

Yukon First Nations governments, the Council of Yukon First Nations and the Government of Yukon’s Family and Children’s Services are pleased to announce their commitment to a new initiative called Honouring Connections. Honouring Connections is a collaborative process developed to address the systemic over-representation of First Nations children in the child-welfare system. This process is […]

by ahnationtalk on December 12, 201942 Views

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Alberta Court of Appeal to live stream carbon tax reference case – CBC

Court of Appeal to hear arguments Dec. 16, 17 and 18 Dec 10, 2019 Next week’s arguments before the Alberta Court of Appeal on the constitutionality of the federal carbon tax will be live streamed, following precedents set in Ontario and Saskatchewan. The reference case on the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act will be heard […]

by ahnationtalk on December 10, 201925 Views

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Amnesty International to intervene in historic Supreme Court carbon pricing challenge

December 09, 2019 Amnesty International will appear as an intervening party before the Supreme Court of Canada in Saskatchewan and Ontario’s historic legal challenges of the federal carbon pricing plan. The two cases will be heard jointly on March 24-25, 2020. The human rights organization was granted leave to intervene on December 4. This case […]

by ahnationtalk on December 10, 201934 Views

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Can Indigenous Australians be deported as ‘aliens’? A High Court decision will show us the strength of modern colonial power – The Conversation

December 9, 2019 Federal Immigration Minister David Coleman has cancelled the visas of two overseas born Indigenous men with a criminal past. They are, Coleman says, aliens with no automatic right to live in Australia. In 2018, Daniel Love and Brendan Thoms left prison. They had been sentence to 12 and 18 months respectively. This […]

by ahnationtalk on December 9, 201942 Views

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Supreme Court sides with Ontario against previous owners of abandoned Dryden mercury disposal site – APTN News

December 6, 2019 Canada’s Supreme Court sided with Ontario Friday on who bears responsibility for remediating a mercury waste disposal site on Ontario’s Wabigoon and English rivers. The contamination damaged the health and livelihood of multiple generations on Grassy Narrows and Islington First Nations downstream. In a written decision, the court concluded Resolute FP Inc. […]

by ahnationtalk on December 6, 201960 Views

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Supreme Court to rule on cleanup of contaminated Grassy Narrows site – Toronto Star

Dec. 6, 2019 OTTAWA—Two companies are on the hook for looking after a mercury-contaminated site near Ontario’s Grassy Narrows First Nation, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled. The 4-3 decision Friday brought some clarity to a long-running dispute over one element of the legacy of environmental poisoning that has caused significant health problems for […]

by ahnationtalk on December 6, 201941 Views

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Indian day school settlement claims process delayed due to court challenge – CBC

AFN adopts resolution asking Manawan chief to drop challenge so survivors can get compensation soon Dec 06, 2019 The claims process to compensate thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit for harms suffered while attending federally-operated Indian day schools could be indefinitely delayed pending a court challenge. The settlement, which offers former students a range […]

by ahnationtalk on December 6, 201926 Views

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Update on the Indian Day School Settlement-Court Challenge

Received December 3 2019. From Vanessa Lessard, Law Clerk of Gowling WLG. Gowling WLG is the Class Council for the Indian Day School Settlement and on October 31st they received a court challenge from David Schulze (Partner, Dione Schulze, S.E.N.C). On behalf of his client who is a class member and a Chief in Quebec […]

by ahnationtalk on December 5, 201927 Views

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Alberta Court Rejects Fort McKay “Métis” Community Association’s Claim to Crown Consultation

MNA’s Right to Consult on Behalf of its Citizens Upheld November 29, 2019 (Edmonton, AB) — The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench has dismissed a lawsuit, in its entirety, filed by an organization called the Fort McKay Métis Community Association (“FMMCA”) against the Métis Nation of Alberta (“MNA”). In the lawsuit, the FMMCA asked the […]

by ahnationtalk on December 3, 201971 Views

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First Nations need billions in funding to take over child welfare services, says AFN regional chief – CBC

First Nations chiefs also expected to discuss calling for Cannabis Act amendment at AFN meeting in Ottawa Dec 03, 2019 First Nations would need about $3.5 billion in funding over five years to effectively take over responsibility for child welfare services as they will be able to do under a new law that comes into […]

by ahnationtalk on December 3, 201952 Views

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It-To-Ta-Maso-Wak: MKO “Doing it Our Way” for Child Welfare in Northern First Nations

November 29, 2019 Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Inc. held a Chiefs Assembly on child welfare last week in Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, Manitoba. The Assembly was an opportunity for leaders from 26 First Nations to come together to work on addressing child and family wellness for Northern communities. “Child welfare […]

by ahnationtalk on December 2, 201953 Views

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FNLC Calls for Immediate Implementation of the Recommendations in the RCY’s Report “Caught in the Middle”

(Xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, BC) The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) is deeply disturbed with the findings reported in the Representative for Children and Youth’s (RCY) most recent publication “Falling through the Cracks” which tells the story of a young man whose life and eventual death highlight the […]

by ahnationtalk on December 2, 201935 Views

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Federal Court strikes down request from Canada to have human rights tribunal ruling put on hold – APTN News

November 29, 2019 Canada has lost an effort to have a ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) put on hold until the Federal Court heard a judicial review of its compensation ruling. Specifically, Canada wanted the court to pause a Dec. 10, 2019 order to have the government meet with the parties involved […]

by ahnationtalk on December 2, 201962 Views

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Permanent guardianship: another option for creating family – BC Gov

Nov. 27, 2019 PRINCE RUPERT – Merissa Giesbrecht and her husband Jason never imagined that their path to finally having the family they had dreamed about would arrive through a distant relative. While November is Adoption Awareness month, a time to recognize adoptive parents and the more than 750 children in B.C. who are seeking […]

by ahnationtalk on November 28, 201935 Views

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Human rights tribunal says it felt ‘cornered’ by Canada to extend First Nations child compensation deadline – APTN News

November 27, 2019 The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has extended a deadline for parties involved in a First Nations child welfare case to come up with a plan to disperse what will be billions of dollars in compensation because it says it felt forced to do so by Canada. The tribunal issued a letter to […]

by ahnationtalk on November 28, 201955 Views

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BC Court of Appeal Dismisses Final ITHA Appeal Against Contract Termination

Nov 27, 2019 The B.C. Court of Appeal has dismissed ITHA’s attempt to overturn a lower court order denying it an injunction against the First Nations Health Authority’s lawful decision to terminate two funding agreements. The decision to terminate the relationship was made because of ITHA’s failure to fully cooperate with an external audit initiated […]

by ahnationtalk on November 27, 201946 Views

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SCO responds to Canada’s CHRT Challenge

November 26, 2019 ANISHINAABE AND DAKOTA TERRITORY, MB — Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) strongly urges the Government of Canada to drop its’ Judicial Review of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) Order to compensate First Nation children and their families impacted by the child and family service system. Federal delays and semantics standing in the […]

by ahnationtalk on November 27, 201944 Views

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BCAFN Opposes Canadian Government’s Attempt to Overturn Human Rights Tribunal Ruling on Compensation for First Nations Children and Families

(Lheidli T’enneh Territory, Prince George, BC – Nov. 25, 2019) – The BC Assembly of First Nations opposes the federal government’s attempt to obtain a judicial review of the recent Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) decision to compensate First Nations children and families who did not receive equitable services on reserve. Rather than claiming that […]

by ahnationtalk on November 26, 201943 Views

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Federal Court to hear 2nd day of arguments on compensation order for First Nations children – CBC

Federal government is asking court to pause implementation of compensation order Nov 26, 2019 Federal Court Justice Paul Favel said Tuesday he would soon issue a ruling on a federal government motion that is part of a two-phase legal strategy to quash a human rights tribunal ruling ordering compensation for First Nations children apprehended through […]

by ahnationtalk on November 26, 201934 Views

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Ottawa formally criticizes Indigenous-children compensation ruling – National Observer

November 25th 2019 The Trudeau government argued Monday that a Human Rights Tribunal decision ordering Canada to compensate First Nations children for racial discrimination was improper, and said it wanted to move ahead with settling a related class-action lawsuit. Justice Minister David Lametti and Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller issued a joint statement on the […]

by ahnationtalk on November 26, 201930 Views

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Compensation Limit For First Nations Kids Is Reason For Appeal, Feds Say – HuffPost Canada

A court ruling ordered Ottawa to pay children and families split apart by the child welfare system. OTTAWA — The federal Liberals say they are appealing a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling on First Nations children because it limits the families that could receive compensation to those affected in the last 13 years. That appeal […]

by ahnationtalk on November 25, 201949 Views

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OCYA-AB: Child and Youth Advocate releases special report on young adults leaving government care

Edmonton…Alberta’s Child and Youth Advocate has completed a special report on the experiences of six young people who passed away over nine months in 2018, and had received support from Children’s Services through Support and Financial Assistance Agreements (SFAAs). Within the same nine months, the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (OCYA) responded to […]

by ahnationtalk on November 25, 201986 Views

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NAN Supports Caring Society’s Fight for Children

OTTAWA, ON (November 25, 2019): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Walter Naveau has issued the following statement of support as the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society is once again in court fighting the federal government on Indigenous child welfare: “I am disappointed that the Government of Canada continues to fight our […]

by ahnationtalk on November 25, 201941 Views

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It’s what my nephew needs:’ Mi’kmaq family hopes court backs Human Rights Tribunal in compensation case – CBC

Hearings to take place over next 2 days in Federal Court Nov 25, 2019 With Jeremy Meawasige’s mother gone and his 25th birthday around the corner, Virginia “Gia” Augustine knows she has to be there for her nephew more than ever before. “Please tell me, ‘I love you,’” Augustine tells Meawasige while they sit on […]

by ahnationtalk on November 25, 201950 Views

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Assembly of First Nations in Court to Challenge Government’s Attempt to Overturn Human Rights Tribunal Ruling on Compensation for First Nations Children and Families

Assembly of First Nations in Court to Challenge Government’s Attempt to Overturn Human Rights Tribunal Ruling on Compensation for First Nations Children and Families (Ottawa, ON): The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is in federal court on Monday, November 25 to oppose the federal government’s Judicial Review of the recent Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) […]

by ahnationtalk on November 25, 2019102 Views

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B.C. Indigenous advocates rally ahead of court ruling on compensation for separated children – Global News

November 24, 2019 Indigenous advocates and survivors of Canada’s foster care system rallied in Vancouver Sunday on the eve of a landmark court ruling that could impact thousands of First Nations children across the country. Federal judges on Monday are set to rule on whether to uphold a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision from September […]

by ahnationtalk on November 25, 201952 Views

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Auditor General finds weaknesses in the management of Manitoba’s foster homes

WINNIPEG – Manitoba does not have adequate systems in place to ensure sufficient and appropriate funding for foster home services and to ensure compliance with foster home standards, says Auditor General Norm Ricard. The findings are contained in a new report, Management of Foster Homes, released today. “To ensure the safety and well-being of children […]

by ahnationtalk on November 22, 201999 Views

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‘Our culture is not a religion,’ indigenous educator tells B.C. Supreme Court in case of smudging at school – Westerly News

Mother also gave evidence Tuesday in Nanaimo courtroom, case continues Wednesday Nov. 20, 2019 A Vancouver Island woman seeking a provincewide ban on indigenous smudging ceremonies in schools told a Nanaimo courtroom that her daughter was told by a teacher that it was “rude” not to participate. Servatius, an evangelical Christian, is claiming her daughter’s […]

by ahnationtalk on November 20, 201954 Views

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Eagle feathers, like the Bible, now an option for swearing oaths in all Alberta courts – The Globe and Mail

As the first Treaty First Nation person to receive a law degree from the University of Alberta, Wilton Littlechild requested – and received – special permission to swear the oath required of new lawyers with a sacred eagle feather. Almost 42 years later, the Treaty Six Grand Chief found himself holding back tears during a […]

by ahnationtalk on November 18, 201972 Views

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Agencies are really struggling’: High caseloads, lack of staff and long waits for treatment – CBC

Province expects agencies to find savings ‘on the backs of our children’: CFS agency director Nov 07, 2019 West Region Child and Family Services is struggling to keep up with demand for services for children in care citing lack of staff, high caseloads and long waits for counselling and treatment, according to a document obtained […]

by ahnationtalk on November 7, 201938 Views

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Recognizing 10 Years of Wellness Courts in Nova Scotia

November 5, 2019 Nova Scotia’s longest-running wellness court in Dartmouth is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Wellness courts provide an alternative path in the justice system for people whose mental health or substance use disorder is the root cause of their criminal offences. The Dartmouth wellness court brings together professionals to help find a restorative solution […]

by ahnationtalk on November 6, 201945 Views

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Saskatchewan Granted Leave To Intervene In Trans Mountain Appeal

November 4, 2019 Saskatchewan has been granted leave to intervene in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion hearing before the Federal Court of Appeal in support of the pipeline’s construction. Saskatchewan will be intervening in support of the federal government by arguing that the project was properly approved.  The Federal Court will hear arguments on whether […]

by ahnationtalk on November 6, 201935 Views

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Sask. defence lawyers applaud Ont. judge’s ruling allowing jury selection challenges – CBC

A Hamilton judge’s decision has caught the attention of Saskatchewan attorneys Nov 06, 2019 Saskatchewan defence attorneys are welcoming a Hamilton, Ont., superior court judge’s decision to uphold the old system of peremptory challenges during jury selection — a system that came under fire and was turfed following the 2018 Gerald Stanley trial. On Monday, […]

by ahnationtalk on November 6, 201962 Views

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Saskatchewan granted intervener status in First Nations TMX project appeal – Times Colonist

November 4, 2019 REGINA — The Saskatchewan government says it has been granted leave to intervene in an appeal over construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The province says it is intervening in support of the federal government by arguing that the expansion project was properly approved. The Federal Court of Appeal in British […]

by ahnationtalk on November 5, 201928 Views

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Confronting some of the hard truths:’ Why Durham CAS has cut the number of kids in care in half – durhamregion.com

New agency created to handle Durham’s Indigenous child welfare cases DURHAM — New data shows Durham Children’s Aid Society has cut the number of children in care in half over the past decade. Steven Woodman, the agency’s new executive director, says it’s evidence of a massive shift in the role of child welfare in Ontario. […]

by ahnationtalk on November 4, 2019132 Views

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Bill n°32 : An Act mainly to promote the efficiency of penal justice and to establish the terms governing the intervention of the Court of Québec with respect to applications for appeal

The PDF documents on this page are identical to the printed version. Downloading and viewing PDF documents requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, available free of charge from Adobe. For more information on types of bills and the stages in their consideration Comment on this bill Information Sponsor LeBel, Sonia Minister of Justice Type Government bills This […]

by pmnationtalk on November 1, 201975 Views

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AMC responds to MMF Legal Challenge of Canada’s Agreement on Kapyong Barracks

Treaty 1 Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) Chiefs-in-Assembly passed a resolution today to apply for intervenor status in response to the Manitoba Metis Federation’s (MMF) application for judicial review in Federal Court in respect of the government of Canada’s decision to enter into various arrangements and agreements with Treaty 1 First […]

by ahnationtalk on October 31, 201978 Views

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Sault developers to claim for damages at Supreme Court hearing; case attracting nationwide attention – SooToday.com

Battle between Pointe Estates developers, concerned residents, dates back to 2013; national media to appear as intervenors at hearing For several years, Sault developers Jeff Avery and Dr. Patricia Avery’s plans for a Pointe Estates subdivision in a rural area of the city’s far west end has been the subject of hotly-contested legal battles between […]

by ahnationtalk on October 31, 201968 Views

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That is not consultation’: Manitoba First Nation fights $453M Manitoba-Minnesota power line in court – CBC

Sagkeeng First Nation arguing for more robust consultation, including compensation, for massive power project Oct 30, 2019 An eastern Manitoba First Nation is taking the provincial government and Manitoba Hydro to court, alleging they failed to consult the community over a $453-million transmission line that will send hydroelectricity south of the border. Sagkeeng First Nation […]

by ahnationtalk on October 31, 201945 Views

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Update on Class Actions that Impact the Treaty# 3 Nations

October 29, 2019 The Federal Indian Day School Class Action was certified on June 21, 2018 in the Federal Court. Canada agreed to pay compensation to eligible Class Members with the severity of harms they suffered while attending an Indian Day School. If you received a letter or phone call from Gowling WLG, you are […]

by pmnationtalk on October 30, 201936 Views

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First Nation heads to court to stop Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project – CTV News

October 30, 2019 A Manitoba First Nation is taking its case to the highest trial court for the province in an effort to halt the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project. In a press release, Sagkeeng First Nation said it wants the project stopped so that First Nations are properly consulted and accommodated. Wednesday morning, the community held […]

by pmnationtalk on October 30, 201939 Views

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Fort McKay First Nation Chief: “Even as we seek the court’s help to protect our Treaty rights, we’re hopeful the new government will make the right decision on Moose Lake.”

Fort McKay First Nation says Court of Appeals is their last resort to protect Treaty rights in the dispute over AER’s approval of Prosper’s Rigel project Long-time leaders in oil sands development, Fort McKay asks the new Alberta government to ensure responsible growth and protect Treaty rights by approving the Moose Lake plan EDMONTON, Oct. […]

by ahnationtalk on October 29, 201991 Views

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“Extinct” Indigenous group fights for recognition – Radio Canada International

October 25, 2019 Canada’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of an American indigenous man who claims to be a descendant of the Sinixt First Nation, formerly of British Columbia. The problem is that the Canadian government declared the group “extinct” in 1956. The situation goes back to 1902 when the Canadian government […]

by ahnationtalk on October 25, 2019113 Views

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CCT: Historic Desautel Hunting Rights Case to be heard by Supreme Court of Canada

VANCOUVER, BC—Rodney Cawston, the Chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (CCT), announced today that the Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to appeal in the Rick Desautel hunting case, in which three lower courts have held that Desautel, and by extension all sn̓ʕay̓ckstx (Sinixt/Arrow Lakes)people, including sn̓ʕay̓ckstxor Arrow Lakes members of […]

by ahnationtalk on October 25, 201967 Views

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BC Government: ‘I start building trust with them from day one’

Oct. 22, 2019 COQUITLAM – “The second I open my door, they are part of my family, so they know they have someone in their corner,” says Anna Miller about the 200 youth she estimates she has fostered over the past 36 years. October is Foster Family Month in B.C., honouring British Columbians who step […]

by ahnationtalk on October 22, 201944 Views

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We have to step up here’: Search underway for Indigenous foster families in Prince Albert, Sask. – CBC

Prince Albert Grand Council wants to recruit 50 First Nations and Métis families for new pilot project Oct 21, 2019 The Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC) believes it is uniquely positioned to fill a need for Indigenous foster families in Prince Albert, Sask. That’s why it has launched a recruitment drive for 50 First Nations […]

by ahnationtalk on October 21, 201965 Views

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MB Government: Province Announces Pilot Project that will Give Families at Risk of Child Apprehension a New Start

October 17, 2019 $1.9-Million Investment Will Provide Mental Health, Addictions Services to Families at Risk of Child Apprehension: Stefanson The Manitoba government will partner with the Metis Child and Family Services (CFS) Authority on a new pilot project that will provide mental health and addictions services to families at risk of child apprehension, Families Minister […]

by ahnationtalk on October 17, 2019128 Views

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Improving foster care for Island children

Recommendations to improve the provincial foster care program will benefit foster parents and the health and well-being of Island children in care. There are currently 80 foster families across the Island and approximately 200 children in care of the Province. A recent review of the foster care program, in partnership with the PEI Federation of […]

by ahnationtalk on October 15, 201970 Views

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Challenging human rights tribunal compensation order ‘incomprehensible’: Jane Philpott – APTN News

October 10, 2019 The former minister of Indigenous Services finds it hard to believe that the federal government is fighting a human rights tribunal order to compensate First Nations children scooped into a purposely under-funded child welfare system. “I think it’s a big disappointment,” Philpott said, earlier this week while taking a break from campaigning […]

by ahnationtalk on October 10, 201965 Views

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