On February 23, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (FNCFCS), along with the Assembly of First Nations, filed a human rights claim in the name of the 27,000 First Nations children currently in state care.
First Nations leaders said the number of children taken from their parents is greater than during the worst period of abduction and confinement of Native children to residential schools. The figures include children of Aboriginal people living off-reserve.
In May 2005 only 0.67% of all non-Aboriginal children were in child welfare care as compared to 10.23 per cent of all Status Indian children
After the human rights complaint was filed, federal Indian Affairs Jim Prentice said Canada already spends “an awful lot of money” on natives.