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Providing Indigenous moms with clothes, housing and whatever they need to ‘hit the ground running’ – CBC

Dec 11, 2023

This is the first in a three-part series on the Indigenous child welfare system in northern Ontario

Holding her baby son Ezra, Emily Giovagnoli feels like a different person than she was a year ago.

“My life consisted of waking up, getting high. How am I going to get high? How am I going to get money? What am I going to do?” said the 26-year-old Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. woman.

“And I was totally selfish, so thinking of, ‘Now I have to take care of someone else when all I want to do is take care of myself, and I can’t even take care of myself.'”

Finding out that she was pregnant helped her shake loose the grip of fentanyl that had her sleeping in her car and couch surfing for seven years.

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