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Oct 24, 2023
The former Chief of Cowessess First Nation says government jurisdiction and partisan politics were some of the biggest challenges when achieving self-determination of their child welfare.
In 2021, Cowessess was successful in becoming the first First Nation in the country to take over authority of their child welfare from the government.
Cadmus Delorme, chief of the First Nation at the team, was a guest speaker at a week-long Access to Justice event happening at the University of Saskatchewan, where he spoke on Cowessess’s journey to self-determination.
During his address, Delorme laid on the history of Indigenous people and Canada and how that lead him to seek self-determination for child welfare in his community.
However, Delorme says this pursuit wasn’t without a few challenges.
“The biggest challenge through all this was getting two governments to come to the table,” said Delorme.