Number of children in Saskatchewan's care hits 11-year high, with 86% identified as Indigenous


The number of children in Saskatchewan’s care last year was the highest it’s been in over a decade, with a huge proportion of those children identified as Indigenous.

In 2019, there were 3,412 children in the province’s care, according to the Ministry of Social Services. It’s the largest number the province’s child welfare system has seen since 2008 when there were 3,588 children in care.

The already disproportionate number of Indigenous children in the system is significantly higher than previously reported. About 86 per cent (2,926) of children in care last year were identified as Indigenous, up from 75 per cent (2,395) in 2018.


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