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Indigenous leader accuses Saskatchewan of delaying child welfare reform for jobs

Indigenous leader accuses Saskatchewan of delaying child welfare reform for jobs
Canada
David Pratt says First Nations in the province are ready to assume control of Indigenous child welfare, but believes the provincial government is dragging its heels.

Pratt says the number of Indigenous children in care in Saskatchewan amounts to crisis.

The federal Liberal government introduced legislation earlier this year with the hope of reforming child welfare and reducing the over-representation of Indigenous kids in foster care.

Pratt says First Nations in the province are ready to assume control of Indigenous child welfare, but believes the provincial government is dragging its heels because of bureaucracy and wanting to maintain the number of jobs.

Minister of Social Services Paul Merriman disagrees and says the province has successful partnerships with First Nations organizations that care for children and youth.
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