LLRIB Welcomes Child Services Funding

Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 14:43



Ottawa’s new deal for on-reserve child and family services agencies in Saskatchewan is being met with some optimism from a northern band.


This week, the federal government pledged $105 million over five years to help agencies identify the needs of struggling families.


The government says the aim is to help families work through problems and stay intact before children are apprehended.


Kyla McKenzie is a program manager with the Lac La Ronge Indian band’s on-reserve agency.


McKenzie is encouraged by the announcement, noting her group has been waiting for new funding for a long time.


She says her agency doesn’t have a specific model chosen, but it has been looking at a number of options.


McKenzie imagines the first year of the funding will be devoted to planning and development — with results starting to show in the second year.


She says her organization is curious to see how the government will distribute the funds.