Globe editorial: It’s time to let Indigenous communities manage native child welfare – Globe and Mail

by pmnationtalk on February 7, 201816 Views

Here are some damning statistics that do not get talked about enough in this country.

Barely eight per cent of children aged four and under in Canada are Indigenous, yet they account for half of all children of that age in foster care. In Manitoba, 10,000 of the 11,000 children in foster care are native, according to Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott. Some of them were apprehended by child welfare workers as soon as they were born, right in the hospital.

But even that is not the worst of it. “No one actually knows how many Indigenous children are in care across the country,” Dr. Philpott said in January. “No one has good data about the rates of apprehension, where those children are going and why.”

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