A Greater Sudbury-based agency that deals with First Nation child and family services will have a hand in $9.11 million in child and family services funding in 2017/18 for Ontario First Nations communities.
The funding, announced by Indigenous and Northern Affairs minister Carolyn Bennett during a visit to the Nickel Capital Thursday, is intended to assist parents in Ontario First Nation communities to get access to programming that emphasizes creating safe and healthy environments for children.
“The evidence is clear — the child who grows up with a sense of cultural identity grows up with better outcomes,” she said, at a press conference at the Kina Gbezhgomi Child and Family Services offices in New Sudbury.
Bennett added there is also clear evidence that when First Nation children are removed from their communities, there is an impact not only on the children, but their communities as well.
The $9.11 million is part of $635 million over five years and $176.8 million in ongoing funding announced by the federal government in its 2016 budget.
The new funding will flow directly to eligible Ontario First Nations to strengthen community-based prevention activities that will help parents access the supports they need to raise their children in safe and happy environments.
“It’s always been the case that First Nations have to do a $1,000 job with $200,” said Patrick Madahbee, Grand Council chief of the Anishnaabek Nation (Union of Ontario Indians), which represents 40 First Nation communities across Ontario.
Madahbee added that a very high percentage of CAS cases that end up in the courts – 86-90 per cent, he claimed –…
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