John Abbott, Krista Mugrage, New Brunswick discussed on The World


Marco Woman, it's the world. It has been a tough week for Canada Heat and wildfires nearly 200 more unmarked graves of indigenous Children discovered at a former residential school. And this ongoing issue. Canada's indigenous communities want birth alerts to stop. That's when a newborn can be taken from apparent without consent. The practice is meant to protect babies, but advocates argue it disproportionately affects indigenous communities. As the world's Bianca Hillier reports. Most Canadian provinces are listening. Newfoundland and Labrador is the most recent example. It was Colonial. It was racist, and we recognize that John Abbott, minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, said this week. The province will no longer issue birth alerts, The federal government and other provincial government recognized that chop checking policy has to change in this country. The announcement is welcome news to Krista Mugrage. She's a former child services social work. Or in the province. There's still a lot of inequality and services for indigenous people in Canada. Mugrage currently works for the new Nazi avid government's Department of Health and social Development. She says birth alerts have contributed to a deep sense of fear with an indigenous communities. Expectant parents often worry, she says that asking for help during pregnancy. Will be judged as being an unfit parent, which could lead to their child being taken away. The fear has could actually impact of moms or an expectant parents decision to leak out for support or prenatal care. And actually impact their decision to go through with the pregnancy were not. The government data to confirm these fears varies greatly by province in Saskatchewan, from 2015 to 2019, a reported 78% of newborns who came into government care were indigenous in British Columbia in 2018, indigenous parents made up 58% of people subjected to birth alerts. In Newfoundland and Labrador, though the numbers are unclear, But before the practice ended this week, community members there say they have seen a sharp decline in alerts in the past two years in the right direction. German Bennu in is the executive director of the A new Round Table Secretariat, an organization that works to provide support services before child welfare gets involved. Despite the decline, Benue in, says fear of the practice has lingered Just a couple of weeks ago. She got a late night call from someone at the hospital. A lady there the was giving birth. And asking me. Can somebody be here with me? I'm afraid the trouble will be coming in. And I said there probably won't. But if they do, give me a call, I can be there in 10 minutes because of this, the new one is glad to see birth alerts formally end in Newfoundland and Labrador. The province is one of the last in Canada to discontinue the practice. After a 2019 report from the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls called it racist and discriminatory. But the policy remains on the books in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, where advocates are hoping to use this week's momentum to end the alerts hearing over special. We're not fulfilling that obligation that we have towards reconciliation, Martha Painter a nurse and advocate for ending the policy in Nova Scotia. Spoke to the CBC this week. It's certainly demonstrates that the provinces not prioritizing.

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