The Métis community in British Columbia is one step closer to taking over child welfare authority for their children and families.
In Kamloops Children and Family Development Minister Katrine Conroy made what she calls the the historic signing of an agreement between the Métis Nation British Columbia and the Province.
Conroy says, authority for 520 Métis children currently under government care will be returned to the nation by 2021.
“A promise that recognizes Métis as distinct people. A province that recognizes the right of your children to belong to learn and practice your traditions, cultures and customs.”
The president of the Métis Nation of B.C, Clara Morin Dal Col says, discussions started in 2016.
“By signing this agreement the province joins us in the restoration of our children and our families.
Following the transfer of authority, the ministry will be able to refer children and families to Métis-specific child and family services as established by MNBC.