Canada falling short on Trudeau’s pledge to help Indigenous children, advocates say – National Observer

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July 31, 2017

The numbers are shocking — in 2016, the federal government was found by the Human Rights Tribunal to be racially discriminating against the estimated 165,000 First Nations children who live on reserves.

Aboriginal children are vastly over-represented in Canadian child welfare statistics, both on and off reserve: In 2016, a Statistics Canada report found that while Aboriginal children made up seven per cent of all children in Canada in 2011, they accounted for almost half (48 per cent) of all foster children.

In British Columbia, an Aboriginal child is 17 times more likely to be in care than a non-Aboriginal child, according to a report by the province’s representative for children and youth, Bernard Richard.

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