A new youth group home has opened on the Ochapowace First Nation.

In a statement released Tuesday, the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) voiced their support for the new home.

In the release, FSIN Vice-Chief David Pratt said this is the right move.

“This is a move in the right direction; a direction that will only bring positive change into the lives of First Nations families across Saskatchewan,” Pratt said in the press release.

FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron stated that it is important to bring First Nation children home.

“Our children are our future and we must continue to fight for their protection and to make sure that they stay connected to their communities, culture and languages,” Cameron said in the release.

The First Nation declared a state of emergency in December following four suicides in the community.