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Commission: Motherisk Commission and Nations Children

commission: Peters said the government-ordered Motherisk Commission made unilateral decisions and selective omissions and ignored Indigenous communities and families, contrary to its mandate, according to Toronto Star. Read more Motherisk Commission calls for sweeping changes to child protection system Article Continued Below Opinion Edward Keenan Motherisk reforms show struggling families don't need to be split up, they need our help The Commission, in our view, conducted its work in a manner that retrenched colonial policies and systems which serve little purpose but to remove First Nations children from First Nation families and communities, he wrote. In a letter to Attorney General Yasir Naqvi this week, the Alliance's deputy grand chief Gordon Peters blasted the recently concluded review as a secretive process that looked at only a fraction of the thousands of known child protection cases involving faulty drug and alcohol hair-testing from the Hospital for Sick Children's Motherisk lab. It is harsh criticism of the independent review which was supposed to ensure meaningful participation of Indigenous people from an organization that represents 20,000 First Nations citizens from seven communities in Ontario. react-empty 174 A lawyer for the commission said on Thursday that many efforts were made to meet with and inform Indigenous communities of the review and that those communities were invited to suggest cases for the commission to investigate. In an email, a spokesperson for the ministry of the attorney general said the province is confident that Commissioner Judith Beaman has fulfilled her mandate and done everything in her power to ensure public confidence in the child protection and criminal justice systems. Because of these consultations, the commission sought out cases where children were placed with family members, which is more common in Indigenous communities. ( As reported in the news.