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NAN, Feds partnering to address costs of child welfare – Sioux Bulletin

by ahnationtalk on March 28, 2017244 Views

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) and the federal government have announced a new tool to address the costs of providing child welfare services in NAN First Nation communities.

The Remoteness Quotient Table (RQ Table) was announced on March 10 by NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) Minister Carolyn Bennett.

“This RQ Table is a commitment by NAN and the government of Canada that will begin to fill the gaps and break down barriers built by a history of discriminatory funding of child welfare services for NAN First Nations,” Fiddler said. “While significant compliance issues on the part of Canada as raised by our Indigenous partners still need to be addressed at the March 22 tribunal hearing, this represents an important step forward. The development of a remoteness quotient is to address the inequity in the delivery of services in NAN First Nations. This is a positive step toward reconciliation with the government of Canada,” he added.

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