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Report says underfunding for B.C. Aboriginal agencies means kids removed from homes

B.C.’s representative for children and youth says “flawed and discriminatory” funding is to blame for a vast over-representation of Aboriginal children in government care.

Bernard Richard says Indigenous children are nearly 17 times more likely than other children to be in care and that won’t change until the federal and provincial governments provide more funding to the agencies that support aboriginal youth.

New Democrat Children and Families spokesperson and MLA Melanie Mark is calling on the Liberal government to provide proper funding that’s been ignored since their time in office.

Children’s minister Stephanie Cadieux says she agrees those agencies require additional support and that federal funding must focus on prevention and family preservation rather than child protection alone.

But she says Richard’s report does not reflect many of the recent improvements made by the province to ensure better outcomes for Indigenous children and their families.

(With Files from The Canadian Press)

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