Delegation in Winnipeg to help Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc. keep kids in their own families
By Chris Read, CBC News, Nov 9, 2015
A delegation from New Zealand is in Winnipeg to share an approach they believe could reduce the number of children in foster care.
It’s called Family Group Conferencing (FGC) and it’s based on the practices of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people.
Katie Murray is the CEO of a social service agency on the North Island of New Zealand and she is here to liaise with Winnipeg’s Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc. Read the rest of this entry
, Global News, Oct 13, 2015
WEST KELOWNA, B.C. – Protesters gathered at Premier Christy Clark’s constituency office Tuesday afternoon in support of aboriginal child welfare rights.
About 50 members of Okanagan aboriginal communities, including the Splatsin Nation from Enderby, chanted and drummed at the protest. They are concerned about the province taking care of their children instead of being care for by First Nations. Read the rest of this entry
Some estimate more than 20,000 aboriginal kids adopted by mostly non-native families
CBC News, June 18, 2015
Aboriginal adoptees forced from their families by the Canadian government in the Sixties Scoop are expected to receive what is believed to be the first public government apology on Thursday.
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger is set to deliver the apology, which the province has been working on for months alongside affected adoptees.
The Sixties Scoop is the name given to the period of time between the 1960s and ’80s when thousands of aboriginal children were placed with mostly non-native adoptive families. Read the rest of this entry
By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press/CBC News, June 17, 2015
Child welfare agents took Christine Merasty from her mother’s arms shortly after her birth at a hospital on Christmas Day in 1970.
It was supposed to be a six-month arrangement to allow her mother — a residential school survivor — to get her life together after living on the streets of downtown Winnipeg.
But child-welfare workers were already showing the infant’s picture to prospective white families for adoption. Christine was taken to her new home in the rural Manitoba town of Bowsman when she was four months old.
“They didn’t give my family a chance. They just wanted to remove an Indian child into a white home,” Merasty says. “That wasn’t right. I had a family searching for me for 20 years, wanting me. They would have wanted me in 1970.”
It was called the Adopt Indian Metis program. Today it’s referred to as the Sixties Scoop. Read the rest of this entry