Indigenous Children in Care

Posted on October 2, 2017

The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (the Council) submits this Special Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (Committee) to highlight the critical circumstances facing Aboriginal children today. The Council is a national alliance of child advocates legally appointed by the Canadian provinces and territories. The Council members’ mandates include promoting and protecting children’s human rights, including the rights of Aboriginal children. In our role as advocates for Aboriginal children, and through their voices, we have identified critical systemic challenges impacting Aboriginal children’s lives and requiring urgent attention. This awareness has led us to contribute to the Committee’s review of Canada’s 2009 report4 by submitting this Special Report. We ask the Committee to consider our report, including our recommendations directed at improving the lives of these, and all, children.

Aboriginal Children – Canada Must Do Better (Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates, 2011)

$3.3 Million Pledged to Help Indigenous Families Keep Kids (Winnipeg Free Press, October 2017)

Manitoba Government Announces Child Welfare System Reform (October 2017)

Manitoba government vowing to reduce number of kids in care (Global News Winnipeg, October 2017)

Manitoba Chiefs Move to Take Over Children’s Welfare Services (Net Newsledger, October 2017)

‘It’s like they never existed’: Toronto monument will honour mistreated British Home Children (CBC, October 2017)

Manitoba’s child welfare crisis to be tackled through law, funding changes (CBC News Manitoba, October 2017)

Federal government commits funds for First Nations family advocacy in Manitoba (CTV News Winnipeg, October 2017)

Now is the time for Ottawa to create a path to progress with Indigenous people (Globe & Mail, September 2017)

Open letter to Justin Trudeau: Give First Nations children an equal chance (Globe & Mail, September 2017)

Indigenous Affairs Is A Sinking Ship. Naming 2 Captains Won’t Help (Huffington Post, September 2017)

Ontario calling new childcare agreement with Treaty 3 ‘historical moment’ (CBC, September 2017)

Saskatoon Indigenous homelessness initiatives receive federal boost (CBC, September 2017)

Justice, child welfare systems ‘failing our people,’ say Yukon First Nations (CBC, September 2017)

DECOLONIAL DISCOURSE: THE STÓ:LO KIDNAPPING OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE (The Runner, September 2017)

Ottawa spent $707,000 in legal fees fighting decision that protects Indigenous children (Toronto Star, June 2017)

Ottawa Continues to Fail Indigenous Children (Globe and Mail, June 2017)

The Canada Most People Don’t See (Macleans, June 2017)

Blackstock: Why does the government continue to discriminate against little kids? (Ottawa Citizen, June 2017)

What will it take for Ottawa finally to tackle Indigenous child-welfare crisis?: Editorial (Toronto Star, May 2017)

Youth in care deserve support till age 25 (Toronto Star, May 2017)

Government of Canada Still Failing First Nations Children: Canadian Human Rights Tribunal issues THIRD Compliance Order on Jordan’s Principle (Canada Newswire, May 2017)

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak Plans Walk To Celebrate Indigenous Resilience In Face Of Canada’s 150th (Huffington Post, May 2017)

Indigenous children lose cultural connection in child welfare system: Ontario and federal governments acknowledge overrepresentation of Indigenous children in system (CBC, May, 2017)

First Nations teen found dead was living in group home in Thunder Bay, Ont., chief says (CBC, May 2017)

Child advocate tells government to listen to at-risk children after heart-rending teen suicide (CBC, May 2017)

‘How many children do we have to lose?’ Ontario Children’s Aid joins call for inquest into aboriginal deaths (National Post, May 2017)

Trudeau Liberals’ failure on human rights ruling played role in First Nation girls’ suicides: Tribunal (APTN, May 2017)

Mandatory inquests in child welfare deaths? Province appears to be sticking to status quo (APTN News, May 2017)

Ojibway teen sleeping in Ottawa mall stairwell after aging out of group home (APTN News, May 2017)

Nunavut continues to leave foster kids in Ottawa group homes without local social worker (APTN News, May 2017)

Exploring Youth Outcomes After Aging-Out of Care, Jane Kovarikova (Provincial Advocate for Child and Youth Ontario, April 2017)

Feds want to transform child welfare in Manitoba: Community engagement sessions being held in First Nations communities (Winnipeg Free Press, March, 2017)

B.C. report finds indigenous girls in care more likely to face sex abuse (Globe & Mail, October 2016)

Discrimination Against Indigenous Kids: Cindy Blackstock (Globe & Mail, April 2016)

Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2015)

Permanency Beyond Foster Care (The Office of the Children’s Advocate Manitoba, 2015)

Feathers of Hope Report (Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, 2014)