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B.C. children's minister drops program criticized by watchdog

from Times Colonist

The Ministry of Children and Family Development has scrapped a program that was supposed to help transfer authority over child welfare services to individual First Nations. The move follows a report last year by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, B.C.'s representative for children and youth, that showed how little control the ministry had over the Indigenous Approaches program. In some cases, money was released to agencies without a written contract or any plan in place for how it would be spent or who would benefit. Projects included researching governance models, identifying traditional welfare practices and consulting with communities. more

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