The Minister for Indigenous Services, Jane Philpott, said the federal government plans to hand over control of the child welfare services to Indigenous governments, in an effort to reduce the large number of & # 39 ; Indigenous children in & # 39; foster care.
Philpott, standing alongside national First Nations leaders, Inuit and Metis, said that the next federal legislation, co-developed with Indigenous leaders, will give authorization to persons of First Nations, Inuit and Metis to care their own children need care & # 39; foster.
It is a departure from how the current system, which leaves many Indigenous kids are in & # 39; children being regulated by & # 39; provincial way system that critics say are out for their unique needs .
While only 7.7 percent of all children under 14 are Indigenous, they accounted for 52.2 percent of all children in & # 39; foster care – astonishing numbers require some sort of & # 39; responses, Philpott said.
Many fear that the current system – to seal children b & # 39; regularly by families and their communities and make them with & # 39; parents beekeepers – replicate the mistakes made by the residential school system Indian and via the "Sixties Scoop", to alienate children from language, culture and traditional support networks.
"For a century now, based on & # 39; discriminatory government policies, we take children & # 39; away from their families. Started by residential schools, continued six Scoop and, still today, is taking children from their families. Philpott said Friday.
"This marks a law that says" No more '. "
The Scoop Sixty refers to the practice in Canada for decades & # 39; years after the end of the fifties of & # 39; indiscriminate removal of & # 39; indigenous children from their homes and put in & # 39; place in foster care or adoption.
The Assembly of First Nations National Perry Bellegarde said that the child welfare system should instead focus on the prevention of family problems in the first place.
"First Nations are willing to reform child services and family b & # 39; ways that respect the rights, cultures and our family structures. First Nations were held back for years by laws outdated, and we continue to experience trauma and loss on children and other "said Bellegarde.
Alvin Fiddler is a great chief of Nishnawbe ASCII Nation, a collection of First Nations in Northern & # 39; Ontario. He welcomed & # 39; also the promise of & # 39; new legislation as a way to remove "uncertainty" about the current child welfare system is beset with problems.
"The federal legislation on indigenous welfare of children has the potential to dedicate our right to handle our children b & # 39; a way that is consistent with our traditions and cultural values … (u) provide the foundation for accountability, "rights, he said.
Philpott said Ottawa is already working to reduce the financial incentives for agencies to apprehend children, aside from model & # 39; funding was linked to the number of & # 39; children in care.
Philpott previously vowed to end what it called system "perverse" to lead the indigenous children into "commodities".
Those who push for reform like to see more money for programs aimed at teen parents, family rehabilitative services, treatment & # 39; substance abuse, warnings about fetal alcohol syndrome and other campaigns & # 39; education, and to make the last attempt & # 39; arrest.
parentesk of care – placing children with family members, such as grandparents – is another model Indigenous communities must explore.
The specifics & # 39; and Ottawa will go to facilitate this transfer jurisdictional not explained Friday. The legislation will be introduced in the House of Commons in early 2019, Philpott said. The indigenous leaders expressed hope that the bill be passed before the coming federal election.