Saskatchewan’s former advocate for children and youth, Bob Pringle, says 95-percent of families in need of social services are poor and it’s no accident that over 80-percent of children in care are Indigenous and over 85-percent in youth justice facilities are Indigenous.
It’s about the disproportionate amount of Aboriginal families living in poverty.
That’s why he worries that putting a hold on the province’s poverty reduction plan may be the wrong move.
Pringle realizes with the economic downturn, the province has to make cuts but says this decision may cost more in the long run.
Pringle was in the role of children’s advocate for just under 6 years.
He says during the first 4 years especially, his office was able to get many things done, although the economic downturn did stem progress.
Some of those achievements are having more children placed with extended families rather than in care, having legal representation for every child in family court hearings, the task force on First Nation and Metis education and more cross cultural training.
Pringle’s last day as advocate was on Monday.
Former First Nations and Metis advisor for the Ministry of Education, Corey O’Soup takes over the role.