The Feds and the Provinces want a better relationship with aboriginal communities. That’s why they met in Ottawa this week, to compare notes on some of their unique challenges.
Alberta’s Minister of Indigenous Affairs Richard Feehan says one of the important discussions revolved around children in care.
“And of course in many Provinces, the conversation isn’t just about what’s happening on reserves or so on,” he says, “but what’s happening across the child welfare system, and what kind of things can we do to transform the experience for everybody in the system.”
Feehan says they discussed the federal and provincial role regarding the inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.
“Not just singularly being done by the Federal Government.” and for all participating and the inquiry will move that occur.
Also discussed was healthcare for indigenous peoples. Federal Affairs minister Carolyn Bennett says it’s unacceptable to deny health services to someone because of where they live or which government department or which jurisdiction is paying for it.
Opposition critics and medical practitioners are calling for an overhaul of the First Nations and Inuit health branch at Health Canada. (ms, Alberta Morning News, News Talk 770)