Cold shoulder for youth

Posted: June 27, 2007 in Natives

Pembroke Daily Observer

While the Assembly of First Nations and the federal government battle with verbal shots over a variety of issues, a Senate Committee has slammed Ottawa for the way Aboriginal children are treated here and for not following an international treaty on children’s rights.The report came down hard on the Harper regime, saying it is past time for something to be done about Aboriginal children locked in poverty with poor access to education, forced to live on sub-standard social assistance, face high suicide and school drop out rates.

Huge numbers of native children are in the care of the state – half of the 22,000 children waiting to be adopted are Aboriginal – and all of these youngsters have been abandoned by their national government.

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