The provincial government is being called on to help fix the growing foster care system, particularly for First Nations children.
The NDP is calling for a First Nations child advocate, as over four-thousand first nations kids are now in the foster care system.
NDP deputy leader Carla Beck said all levels of government needs to work together on this issue.
“This is something that the FSIN is calling for, this is something that communities are calling for, this is something that parents, children and advocates are calling for,” Beck said. “This will take coordination, this will take soul-searching, and at the very centre of this has to be, this will take putting kids at the centre.”
NDP First Nations and Metis relations critic Buckley Belanger said something needs to be done.
“If you look at the numbers, they’re going in the wrong direction, so what does that tell you?” Belanger said. “It tells you that we have to shift our focus, and why have to re-energize the whole process that this particular government has said they would do in 2010.”
Belanger adds the government can’t arrest their way out of the problem, in reference to the “Justice for our Stolen Children” camp outside of the legislature.