Too many grassroots left out of child welfare emergency meeting advocate

first_imgDennis Ward APTN NewsJocelyn Wabano-Iahtail was leery coming into the two-day conference on child welfare that wrapped up Friday in Ottawa.And she’s not heading home from the so-called emergency meeting feeling much better.“Because I know the Millennium Scoop is ongoing,” said Wabano-Iahtail.She feels the grassroots were left out of the meetings.“That’s quite a disappointment,” she said. “I am well aware of the fact that there were many who wanted to attend. This was very secret; is what it seemed to many of us.“They weren’t given ample opportunity to attend. As well, a lot of our youth were not permitted to attend.”One politician said work will get underway on community-based solutions.“The safety of those children is critical but children can be safe with their aunt, with their grandma, they can be safe in community, in a program of kinship care,” said Jane Philpott, minister of Indigenous Services. “So let’s not use safety as an excuse to extract children from their culture.”dward@aptn.calast_img

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