More change ahead for NWT child protection – Cabin Radio

December 10, 2018

Weeks after failings in NWT child welfare were in part blamed on a major reorganization, the federal government signalled another big shift is on the way.

At the start of December, Ottawa announced it is working with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis groups to pass legislation that will hand control of relevant child welfare responsibilities to Indigenous governments.

The move is long sought-after by many Indigenous groups and has been welcomed by all parties – but suggests a further period of upheaval ahead for staff, families, and children.

The Dene National Chief, Norman Yakeleya, called the federal proposals “a huge step.” The territorial government said it had seen no draft legislation but agreed with Ottawa’s intent.

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