Les Leyne: Ted Hughes Gets Aboriginal Children on Premier’s Agenda

Aboriginal children in care will get a fair share of attention at the upcoming meeting of Canada’s premiers, thanks to the efforts of Ted Hughes. The Victoria advocate who redesigned B.C.’s child-welfare system and, more recently, probed a failure in Manitoba’s system has been assured some of the issues he raised in that case will be under consideration at the Council of the Federation meeting. Premiers will meet in Charlottetown starting Aug. 26, and Hughes has rounded up at least two premiers — B.C.’s Christy Clark and Manitoba’s Greg Selinger — who are committed to championing the issue. Specifically, it’s the huge number of aboriginal children in the care of governments, far out of proportion to the population.

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