May 19, 2022
Winnipeg, MB, in the National Homeland of the Red River Métis - The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF), the National Government of the Red River Métis, also known as the Manitoba Métis, today joins 15 Indigenous child and family partner agencies in celebrating justice for our kids in care and the return of Children’s Special Allowance (CSA) resources to the children.
“Victory in this case means that our kids will see the return of resources that rightfully belong to them,” said Mona Buors, MMF’s Minister of Children, Youth & Families. “We are very grateful that the courts take this matter as seriously as we do, and have seen fit to overturn the shameful acts of the province by restoring funds that were intended for our kids. The court, like our agencies, saw that this was simply wrong.”
The CSA provides payments to federal and provincial agencies and institutions (such as children’s aid societies) that care for children and are the equivalent to the Canada Child Benefit given to parents who are raising their children. Payments range from $530-$800 per child monthly. In 2006, the province of Manitoba began forcing agencies to give the CSA to the province, which were put into general revenues.
Last year, a multi-million-dollar lawsuit was brought against the province by 15 Indigenous Child and Family Services Agencies for misuse of the Children’s Special Allowance.
“We are pleased that the resources for these children will now go back to them,” said Minister Buors. “Our agencies will ensure that the money goes directly to our kids, where it should always have been. The Métis Government believes strongly in supporting our kids as they age out of the system, which is why these funds will be held in trust for them until then. It will provide them with the financial head start that they deserve and need to secure a successful future.”
Should there be any appeal from the province trying to reclaim these funds for general revenue, the MMF has made clear that they will continue to fight for the children.
“It is our hope that the province will recognize that justice has prevailed and abide by the decision of the courts,” said Minister Buors. “If they choose to appeal, all Manitobans should know that our provincial government is prepared to go to these appalling lengths to take funds away from children. The MMF will continue to take a strong stand against any actions that result in financial harm to our kids, by whatever means necessary. We once again thank the courts for righting this wrong, and join all our Indigenous child and family services agency partners in celebrating this win for our kids.”
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