|Photo By: Christine McFarlane|
Toronto September 27, 2012- Today First Nations child advocates met at the steps of the legislature at Queen's Park to support Bill 110.
Bill 110 is An Act to amend the Ombudsmen Act with respect to Children's Aid Societies, and was put forth by Liberal MPP Monique Taylor. The Bill 110 amends the Ombudsmen Act to allow the Ombudsmen to investigate any decision or recommendation made or any act done or omitted in the course of the administration of a Children's Aid Society.
The government of Ontario needs to allow our Ombudsmen to investigate our Children's Aid Societies so that they will have the oversight and accountability that is necessary. You may ask why Bill 110 is necessary, and here is why- Aboriginal children are dramatically over-represented in child welfare across Canada. The Auditor General, for instance, estimates that First Nations children are 6-8 times more likely to be placed in foster care than non-Aboriginal children.
It is also clear that First Nations registered children make up the largest proportion of Aboriginal children entering child welfare care and are also admitted in child welfare care at higher rates than Metis children. The number of registered First Nations children entering child welfare rose 71.5% nationally with the highest increases in Ontario between 1996 and 2001.
To support this Bill and help end the over representation of First Nations/Aboriginal children in Children's Aid Care, please contact your MPP. Call, email... do what you can. As a survivor of the CAS system, this injustice needs to stop and needs to stop now.
For more information about the rise of First Nations children in care, please visit the following websites
and the last two sites to take a look at are
www.afathersnightmare.com and www.casontario.blogspot.com
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Stop the Injustice- Support BILL 110!
Posted by Christine at 8:30 PM