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Abused and At-Risk First Nations Children Suffering From Cuts

Abused and At-Risk First Nations Children Suffering From Cuts

Recent cuts to Ontario’s Ministry of Child and Youth Services may cause terrible damage to First Nations children in the communities of Moosonee and Moose Factory.

The Northern Ontario communities may face the closure of two receiving homes that provide temporary accommodations to at-risk youth who are not safe at home because of abuse or neglect. The homes provide the children with a transition in a safe place.

Payukotayno: James and Hudson Bay Family Services faces a budget shortfall of $2 million this year. This shortfall means that they will have to layoff up to 30 staff members and the two receiving homes will close as of August 31.

A representative of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) says that the cuts may prevent the organization from fulfilling their mandate of protecting children and youth.

Carrie Withers says:

This is unacceptable. For some time now the government has been promising funding for high risk Children’s Aid Societies and services to aboriginal communities. That we would witness further cuts to services to children and youth in an already under-resourced community, with kids and families struggling with huge challenges including poverty and lack of good jobs, shows a complete lack of commitment on the part of government to take seriously the challenges our communities face.

The McGuinty government, for its part, is opening a new facility nearby, but CUPE says that this facility is not scheduled to open any time soon and the communities’ children and youth will suffer in the meantime.

Funding for children and youth has been an issue between the Assembly of First Nations and the Federal government for quite a while. The AFN says the government has shown a long pattern of less funding for children and youth services in First Nations communities. This is problematic because under the constitution, First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples fall under the responsibility of the federal government.

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8:21PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

so much for equal rights..............

10:43PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Realistically, the government and the invaders of that country owes these people a lot of rent for using their land...they are after all living rent free, and not only that, they are plundering these people's lands and keeping the money! Why? A. The right of conquest. F'ing barbarians.

11:54AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

When was a treaty ever kept by governments in power? NEVER! It does not surprise me that this is happening.....,what a shame!!!!!!!

11:38AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

No danger of funds to children being cut in the UK. Parents are showered with benefits for breeding whether they are in employment or not - and the rest of us have to pick up the tab for their lifestyle choices.

11:17AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

If the First Nations population was half of North America's, they would look an awful lot like Palestinians. Using "Settlers" as a term in Israel was a stellar PR move, paralyzing North America in guilt.

10:28AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Dear Sandra D., obvious you are out of touch with reality in regard to taxes and Aboriginal people. White people receive services from the provincial, municipal and federal governments. Aboriginal people only receive funds from the federal government which adds up to considerably less than the total of the services that White people take for granted. INDIANS RECEIVE LESS BENEFIT FROM GOVERNMENT THAN WHITES AND ALWAYS HAVE. Get that fact straight, then comment.

10:15AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

I defintly signed this petition. The way people are acting towards First Nation people is disgusting, treating them as other is out and out racisim.

9:24AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Since all Treaties with Canada's First Nations were with the British Crown, and are the responsibility of Canada's Federal Government since repatriation of Canada's Constitution during the Trudeau years, it comes as a surprise that the Ontario Government is held responsible for providing needed services to the northern communities of Moosonee and Moose Factory.
Here we have an example of the bypassing of responsibility that allows finger pointing between the Federal and Provincial governments instead of the provision of needed services and safeguards of Treaty Rights.

Add to this Prime Minister Harper's push to open Canada's North to exploitation of natural resources without environmental assessment, to allow lakes to be turned into tailings ponds for mines and to permit the emptying of arsenic from mine mineral extraction and the toxins from the Alberta tar sands into rivers without First Nations consultation or permission, makes mockery of Canada's Treaties with Canada's First Peoples.

9:18AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Funding for children and youth has been an issue between the Assembly of First Nations and the Federal government for quite a while. The AFN says the government has shown a long pattern of less funding for children and youth services in First Nations communities.

This is primarily the legacy of DICTATOR STEPHEN HARPER and his Corporate Agenda, greatly exacerbated by UNDEMOCRATIC Omnibus Bill C-38 !

8:31AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

I wanted to say that the war on the natives of North America continues but compared to the US, Canada's treatment of natives is exemplary.

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