Bob Pringle, the Advocate for Children and Youth says the government is not making Saskatchewan children a priority, and the kids are suffering as a result.
According to the report, the number of children in care has increased and the number of children using food banks is the highest in Canada.
Pringle says the living conditions of First Nations children is alarming.
“If two thirds of children in Saskatchewan lived in poverty we wouldn’t tolerate it, so why do we tolerate two thirds of First Nations children on reserves living in poverty?”
He says the government needs to focus on preventative measures in social services, and early childhood development moving forward.
Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer says the government is working to improve conditions with initiatives like the Poverty Reduction Strategy.
The report also brought up concerns with the conditions young offenders are facing in facilities across Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan continues to have the highest rates of youth crime and the second highest rate of youth incarceration in Canada.
Concerns around food quality at the facilities was also brought up during Wednesday’s meeting with Pringle.
He says he’s been in touch with staff at the correctional facilities and they have yet to see a hot meal be served, and are worried the young offenders are not getting sufficient nutrients.
Drew Wilby with the Ministry of Corrections says they began working to improve food quality when concerns were first raised.
“We’ve been very cognoscente of the food and making sure that what we’re providing are high quality meals that meet the guidelines set out by the Canada Food Guide.”
Wilby says the ministry has worked with a nutritionist since the government took on the Compass Group as its food service provider at correctional facilities across the province.