The federal government is providing 441-thousand dollars to the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations tp help ensure children in family services receive the health and social services they need when they need it.
Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, who also signed a letter of accord with FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron, says it was crucial to provide funding directly.
“Our approach now is we want money to kids and their families and communities,” Bennet said at the signing in Regina. “Not to lawyers and agencies.”
“This is the beginning to develop the plan,” Bennet said. “We know, not only for the kids who are taken away, but for the parents who are left behind, this is a spiral downhill.”
The FSIN says the money will help facilitate engagement and consensus building in the province.
In the meantime, FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron along with federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and other federal ministers have joined more than 13-hundred chiefs, councillors and other delegates at the Assembly of First Nations meetings.
The theme of the Assembly of First Nations’ annual general meeting “Our Priority: Our Children, Our Future.”
The A-F-N says chiefs and delegates will assess progress over the past year in children’s health and education, identify priorities for the coming year and set strategy for action and change.
Several federal cabinet ministers are scheduled to address the Assembly Wednesday.
The sessions are taking place in Regina this week.