The Adoption Council of Ontario, OACAS and Children's Aid Societeies across Ontario marked National Aboriginal History Month in June. Child welfare is engaging in a long-term process of reconciliation with Indigenous people. One of the key issues that is being addressed is the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in the child welfare system. To make these much-needed changes requires looking at broader systemic issues, such as institutional racism, poverty, and lack of equitable access to social services, health care, employment, housing, and clean drinking water.
Watch this beautiful music video made by youth from Grassy Narrows First Nation as they address these issues and send a message of hope to their people.
Jay Lomax of the Dakota Tipi First Nation in Manitoba, adoptee, now working as an adoption worker was asked what Aboriginal Day meant to him. Read the story here.
Originally published in The Voice.
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