“Child cares teaching aboriginal children their language and culture are “not sustainable” in Toronto under the current system of rules, says the executive director of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto.”
The non-profit agency embraced a mandate three years ago to run three child care centres in the city “which would reinforce the identity of aboriginal children and build their self-esteem.”
However, since that mandate, two facilities have been closed and the third is in jeopardy of closing.
Kenn Richard suggests “a possible solution is to dedicate a funding envelope for aboriginal children and recognize them as a separate stream for subsidized spaces”.
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