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Native leaders slam province's suggestion to house foster kids


A provincial suggestion that children in foster care could be temporarily housed in empty space in youth criminal justice facilities in northern Ontario is under fire from native leaders and the province’s youth advocate.

The suggestion is one of many the province is considering as part of an ongoing and sweeping review of the residential services provided for all children in care.

One of the goals of the review is to keep foster children, many of whom are native, closer to the northern Ontario communities they come from. But a lack of facilities in the north means they are often sent to southern Ontario or beyond.


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