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First Nations child welfare agency ‘breaks families’ instead of helping them, Eagle Lake woman says
Oct 16, 2020
A woman from Migisi Sahgaigan (Eagle Lake) First Nation in northwestern Ontario is entering her seventh day of a hunger strike to protest an “oppressive child welfare system that continues to break down families.”
The woman began the hunger strike on Oct. 9 after being denied access to her great-grandchildren last weekend by a child welfare agency. She told CBC News on Friday morning that those visits were “reinstated without question” but her act of protest continues.
CBC News is not using the woman’s name to comply with provincial regulations that prohibit the public identification of children in the child welfare system. She said four of her great-grand children are in the care of Anishinaabe Abinoojii Family Services, a First Nations-run agency in Treaty 3.