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Government will consider inquiry into Indigenous children in government care: Trudeau


Published on September 13, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Dwight Ball in this file photo.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was generally supportive but noncommittal when it comes to whether the federal government will participate in an inquiry into Indigenous children in government care.

Trudeau said his government supports reconciliation with Indigenous groups, and they'll give due consideration to the formal joint request from Premier Dwight Ball and Innu leaders for federal participation when it comes to the inquiry.

Over the summer, Ball announced that he planned on calling the inquiry because a disproportionate number of Indigenous children get taken into social services custody, and they are often taken outside their Indigenous communities as a result.

When Ball spoke to the federal cabinet earlier this week, he reiterated the request for federal participation.

Trudeau and his cabinet were in St. John's this week for a cabinet retreat ahead of the fall sitting of the House of Commons.