Number of aboriginal kids in provincial care raises concerns
A new report by the province's Child and Youth Advocate shows while aboriginal kids make up about nine per cent of the children in Alberta they make up 68 per cent of the kids in the child welfare system.
People in Alberta's aboriginal community call it a "huge concern."
Marlene Poitras, the director at Mount Royal University's Iniskim Centre, says the province needs to take a look at why so many aboriginal children are in care.
"There's lack of funding. The child welfare system has been given to the provinces to run and services weren't always established with the proper consultation," she said.
Alberta's Child and Youth Advocate Del Graff is calling on the province to come up with a comprehensive action plan that is done in consultation with aboriginal groups.