10/08/2015 12:57 EDT | Updated 10/08/2016 01:12 EDT

Manitoba child- welfare system in crisis and a 'national disgrace:' critic

WINNIPEG — Critics say Manitoba's child-welfare system is in crisis and is a national disgrace for its high apprehension rates.

Cora Morgan, who is the First Nations children's advocate, says kids are being taken from their families without proper assessments.

She says some mothers have committed suicide out of despair.

Morgan adds at least one child-welfare agency has barred her from advocating on behalf of a family.

Opposition critic Ian Wishart says Manitoba has become a national disgrace with more than 10,000 kids in care — the vast majority of them aboriginal.

The Conservative legislature member says the NDP government is disrespecting First Nations and making excuses instead of tackling the problem.

The Canadian Press