MNBC addressing the urgent issue of the high number of Indigenous children in government care.

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Métis Nation British Columbia and BC Provincial Government full participants at Emergency Meeting in Ottawa addressing the urgent issue of the high number of Indigenous children in government care.

Métis Nation British Columbia and the Métis Nation as a whole were well represented at a two day Emergency Meeting in Ottawa this past week addressing the serious issue of the high number of Indigenous children in the care of government. The two meeting – the first one ever on the issue – was called by Federal Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott, and involved provincial, territorial and Indigenous leaders and ministers.

MNBC President Clara Morin Dal Col who is also National Métis Minister for Culture, Heritage and Families attended, as did MNBC Minister of Children and Families Daniel Pitman and MNBC Director of Children and Families.

In addressing the federal, provincial and territorial Ministers on behalf of Métis people, National Minister Morin Dal Col said, “We have gathered here to address the overrepresentation of Indigenous children – our children - in the child welfare system. We are here because that system, as it currently exists, has failed us”. She said, “The historic message of the child welfare system in Canada to Métis people is that someone else – someone other than us – can do a better job of raising our children.” Minister Morin Dal Col then said, “I am here to tell you that we are the best for our children – our families, our communities, our Nation, our traditions, our culture, and our ways are the best for our children.”

President Morin Dal Col and Minister Pitman were pleased with the level of dialogue at the two day meeting, and the federal government’s commitment to six points of action. See link to read the commitments) https://www.canada.ca/en/indigenous-services-canada/news/2018/01/federal_governmentcommitstosixpointsofactioninworkingwithindigen.html

Photo: (l-r) MNBC Director of Children & Families Jason Simmonds; MNBC President and National Métis Minister for Culture, Heritage and Families Clara Morin Dal Col; Provincial Minister of Children & Family Development Katrine Conroy, MNBC Minister of Children & Families Daniel Pitman; and Provincial Deputy Minister of Children & Family Development Allison Bond.

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Media contact:

Tracey Thornhill, MNBC Communications Officer