FSIN Establishes Child Welfare Institute

Monday, January 30, 2006 at 13:07



The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations is looking to strengthen First Nations’ control over child and family services.


After consulting bands and leadership throughout the province, the federation announced the development of the Saskatchewan First Nations Family and Community Institute this past Friday.


FSIN vice-chief Delbert Wapass says the purpose of the institute will be to encourage and develop jurisdiction over child and family services on reserves.


He says the creation of the institute is aimed at addressing past wrongs in the child care system, and to make sure control isn’t taken away from bands.


Wapass says the institute will also look at ways of ensuring children are not lost “between the cracks” when placed in foster care.


He adds both the province and federal government are committed to the project.