The Saskatoon Tribal Council says children in its care are safe and to suggest that it’s lax in its responsibilities is offensive.
Tribal chief Felix Thomas says Saskatoon Tribal Council Child and Family Services has 67 children under its care on reserve and it knows where they are and how they are.
The comments come after Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer said Tuesday that the council has refused the ministry access to files, so the government has no idea how many children are being cared for or what kind of care they’re receiving.
Harpauer said the province was taking back responsibility for the care of children from the council.
Thomas says the Ministry of Social Services went to the tribal council’s office today and the council refused to provide the files.
Harpauer says the next step is to go to court.
(The Canadian Press)