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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

First Nations child advocate says child welfare system ‘eats up’ Indigenous kids

Cora Morgan, First Nations Family Advocate at The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) in Winnipeg, Monday, February 22, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

WINNIPEG — A Manitoba First Nations children’s advocate says the child welfare system “eats up” Indigenous children and is designed to keep their families at a disadvantage.
Cora Morgan, with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, told the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women that the system is set up to apprehend children, not to support families.
“Any challenges that our families are faced with, it’s used against them instead of them being offered support. It victimizes our families,” she said Monday.
“A lot of these things are just perpetual. You can find five or six generations of a family where their children have been taken.”
The inquiry is holding hearings in Winnipeg this week and is expected to focus on child welfare.

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