A three day Summit on Métis Child and Family Services concluded in Winnipeg today with Métis Nation leaders and Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott committed to action on the over-representation of Métis children and youth in the child welfare systems of the five westernmost provinces.
The Summit brought together practitioners, social workers, elders, youth and leaders of the Métis Nation to discuss the social and economic situation of families whose children find themselves in the care of provincial child and family services systems. It builds on the successful January emergency meeting on Indigenous child welfare called by Minister Philpott and the National Framework on the Wellbeing of the Métis Child adopted by the MNC General Assembly in 2013.
On March 27, Minister Philpott led a panel discussion with Métis youth who experienced the traumatic effects of being removed from their families and placed in foster care. She also committed $ 1 million in funding to the Métis National Council and Governing Members to support consultation efforts towards culturally appropriate child welfare reform. It is the intention of the Métis Nation to use these consultations to explore solutions that will be community-directed, and focused on prevention and will lead to much needed investments in Budget 2019.
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