Province Staying Out of Native Adoptions Appeal

Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 14:37



The provincial government is choosing to stay out of the legal battle involving First Nations adoptions.


The Sturgeon Lake First Nation is appealing a December court ruling that struck down a provincial policy which allowed bands to veto the adoption of First Nations children by non-Aboriginal families.


Community Resources Minister Joanne Crofford says while the government still thinks that policy is a good idea — it’s not going to join the appeal.


Crofford says the government wants to focus its attention on working with First Nations on how best to balance the cultural interests of children in foster care with their home situation.