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Manitoba First Nation Takes First Steps to Get Jurisdiction Over Children in Care –

WINNIPEG — A Manitoba First Nation has begun the process of creating its own child welfare system under controversial federal legislation that allows Indigenous groups to enact their own laws.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation has retained a Winnipeg law firm and says it will consult with members in the coming months to develop the law to take charge of their children in care.

“The imposition of federal and provincial laws on Opaskwayak children and families has not worked for us,” said Christian Sinclair, the onekanew, or chief of the First Nation on Wednesday.

Bill C-92, which includes a massive overhaul of Indigenous child welfare across the country, came into effect in January.

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