Please see below details of upcoming meeting :
International Expert Group Meeting: Indigenous Children and Youth in Detention, Custody, Foster-Care and Adoption
[Meeting] Mar 4-5 2010 | Vancouver, Canada
The meeting, sponsored by the First Nations Summit and the Interim First Nations Child and Family Wellness Council and cosponsored by the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, will focus on indigenous children and youth in state custody. It will explore contemporary removal of indigenous children from families and communities as a result of past government policies to promote assimilation, including policies on boarding and residential schools. It will also look at the vastly disproportionate rates of indigenous children and youth currently incarcerated or under punitive detention; as well as the disproportionate numbers of indigenous children in foster care and adoption programs. Discussion will also focus on sharing examples of promising practices to prevent or address forced removal of indigenous children and youth.
The Meeting will be attended by Permanent Forum members, indigenous experts from the seven UNPFII socio-cultural regions, government officials and representatives from UN Agencies and Funds. Representatives of indigenous peoples’ organizations are welcome to attend.
Click here to view the documents of the meeting.
For further information contact Ms Harmony Johnson at HJohnson@fns.bc.ca or
Ms. Marilyn Teneese at MTeneese@fns.bc.ca
Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS
YACHAY WASI, NGO/UN ECOSOC & DPI, NYC and Cuzco, PERU
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