Treaty 2 Territory – Chief and Council along with a few members and First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory staff reviewed the history of First Nations specific to Manitoba regarding child welfare, which included discussion on the dismantling of the First Nations matriarchal structure, residential school, the white paper, Wahbung, the AJI Child Welfare Initiative and Bill C-92, An Act respecting First Nation, Inuit and Metis Children and Youth which is a federal child welfare law that was passed in June 2019. General law creation was also reviewed and discussed.
During the review it was pointed out by 96 year old elder Mary SHORTING-SINCLAIR that the children need to be with family and need to know who they are and be connected to their roots.
Aging out of care is a concern for Chief Hector Shorting identified especially since there were 48 children in care and of those 32 are permanent wards as of March 2018.
The next session which will focus on Nation Development & Child and Family Wellbeing, will be held on November 14, 2019 at 4pm to 8pm at the School Gym. Every members’ participation is valued and needed for the future of our children. Food will be served.
“We need to do this to protect our inherent rights and our children and families” stated Councillor Leroy Thompson
Last modified: October 8, 2019