Métis Na­tion to take con­trol of child wel­fare

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For the 520 Métis chil­dren in fos­ter care in B.C., life could soon change. On Thurs­day the Métis Na­tion Bri­tish Columbia (MNBC) signed an agree­ment with the province to trans­fer author­ity of child wel­fare to MNBC by 2021.

Min­is­ter of Chil­dren and Fam­ily De­vel­op­ment Katrine Conroy and MNBC pres­i­dent Clara Morin Dal Col signed the his­toric MNBC and Bri­tish Columbia Joint Com­mit­ment, which the Métis Na­tion has been work­ing to­ward for years.

“It’s a his­toric mo­ment for our peo­ple and for our na­tion. We are re­claim­ing what is right­fully ours, our chil­dren and our fam­i­lies,” said Ja­son Simmonds, di­rec­tor of the min­istry of chil­dren and fam­i­lies at the Métis Na­tion Bri­tish Columbia.

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