Our government has set aside $200-million this year to end discrimination against First Nations children in our child welfare system -- and Budget 2016 committed to increasing that amount for the next five years. Next year we are investing almost $250-million to end discrimination. But putting more money into the existing system simply isn't enough.
When Cindy Blackstock noticed two aboriginal girls brought to a group home just staring at a shower, she started questioning whether being thrown into foster care was harming First Nations children as much as the environments they were being removed from. Three times more First Nations children are being removed from their families today than at the peak of the residential school system in 1949.