Concerns Over Number Of Indigenous Children In Care

Posted on Monday, April 16, 2018 09:24 AM

The Ontario Human Rights Commission is raising concerns about the number of aboriginal children in care.

The agency has released a new report called "Interrupted Childhoods", which suggests that 93% of provincial Children's Aid Societies have an over-representation of Indigenous and black children in their care.

Commission head Renu Mandhane says the findings should be a wake-up call for the province.

Mandhane says there are socio-economic issues at play, citing lower levels of education and poverty.

She says these aren't issues that individual Children's Aid Societies can fix, they require government attention.

Mandhane says they don't actually have a lot of statistics about children in care in northwestern Ontario, because Children's Aid Societies don't keep race-based data.

She is recommending that information start to be made available.