Negotiations to continue with feds on First Nations child welfare: AFN negotiator

FILE - Indigenous children carry a flag as they march following the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation ceremonies on Parliament Hill, Thursday, September 30, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The Assembly of First Nations’ Manitoba regional chief is thanking Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu for the $40 billion that will be set aside for First Nations child welfare in the upcoming economic and fiscal update, but says there’s still a long way to go.

“I want to thank the minister for her words and for her commitment to try and end all of this,” Chief Cindy Woodhouse, the Assembly of First Nations’ lead negotiator, told CTV’s Power Play on Monday. “I think we have a long way to go.”

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled in 2016 that the federal government discriminated against First Nations children by underfunding the child welfare systems on reserves. The federal government was ordered to pay up to $40,000 to each First Nations child unnecessarily put in foster care.

The government, the Assembly of First Nations and other parties have been negotiating since November after the federal government filed a notice of appeal on the compensation order.

“We want to work with everybody to make sure that we’re working to get the best results for our kids,” Chief Woodhouse said.

Chief Woodhouse talks about the $40 billion set aside for First Nations child welfare in the video at the top of this article.

Source: CTV News