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The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs release its report on Child and Family Services, Bringing

Our Children Home


September 30, 2014. Treaty One Territory. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is sharing our Bringing our
Children Home Report with the public, to address the issues of First Nation Child and Family Matters.
The recommendations from this report are based on our dialogue sessions during May 2014, with
families, children raised by CFS, employees of the system and grandparents.
Grand Chief Derek Nepinak stated, CFS is now intergenerational - children are growing up in the
system, and then their children are also in the system. I heard firsthand at these dialogue sessions, a
broad consensus, that the CFS system as it currently functions must end. The people speak for
themselves in the Bringing Our Children Home report.
For example, one individual who was raised in the care of CFS system, stated CFS told me I couldnt be
with my mom. It destroyed me. I absolutely cringed at the workers, they ripped my mothers heart out
when she only asked for help. This was echoed by a mother who felt so dehumanized. If I would have
known that my kid would have been taken away just for asking for help, I would have never asked for
help.
We are releasing our Bringing Our Children Home Report today, September 30
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, 2014, because this is
the day that the Manitoba Child and Family Service Minister is to receive the report from her
Implementation Team, appointed at the end of January 2014 to address 31 recommendations of the
Hughes Inquiry Report, said Grand Chief Nepinak. We want the public and Minister Irvin-Ross to
know that, even if all recommendations by Justice Hughes were implemented, it might make slight
improvements with the current practice based on treating symptoms - but the fact remains that the
legacy of the Manitoba Child Welfare system is an extension of the cultural genocide experienced in
Residential Schools, Sixties Scoop, and what we are experiencing now the Millennium Scoop. We need
a whole new approach that strengthens and reunifies our families.
The Chiefs resolved unanimously in our June 11, 2014 Leadership Declaration that, We are fully
committed to take decisive action to assert our autonomy to have absolute responsibility for our
childrens safety, health and well-being.
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For more information, please contact: Kayla Frank, kfrank@manitobachiefs.com 204-296-3601.