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Providing culturally appropriate child and family services for Indigenous children

Feb 2, 2018

Photo Credit: Medicine Wheel featured at Waabnoong Bemjiwang Child Well-Being Agency official project launch.

"The non-Indigenous child welfare system has had—and continues to have—a devastating effect on Indigenous communities. It is clear Indigenous agencies serving Indigenous children and families is vital to move forward with Reconciliation.
“It’s pretty evident when we look at Canada as a whole, from the residential school system to the 60s Scoop—it really was genocide of First Nations people,” Koehler said.

Koehler stressed the importance of government and the child welfare sector delivering on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s action items. Government must also provide adequate funding for Indigenous communities.” 

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