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Manitoba officials apprehend Indigenous Winnipeg woman's new born child

Manitoba officials apprehend Indigenous Winnipeg woman's new born child

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 16 Jan 2019, 11:05 pm

Winnipeg/Toronto, Jan 16 (IBNS): A Facebook video of an infant's removal, soon after her birth, from her indigenous mother from Winnipeg (Manitoba) has caused an international attention, media reports said.

Video of the infant’s removal has reportedly been seen more than 300,000 times, casting a spotlight on the issue of newborn apprehensions.

First Nations Family Advocate in Manitoba provided a written statement to the media that prior to her daughter’s birth early last week, the Winnipeg mother -- whose name cannot be revealed under Manitoba law -- had arranged for her aunt to take guardianship of the baby.

She hoped to learn on Wednesday if her new born daughter would be united with her family. 

“Like all mothers, I love my baby very much and want the best for her, which includes having a close bond with me," said the mother, "I had no idea that babies were being apprehended every day from their mothers. I am sad this occurs so frequently.” 

According to a report, 87 percent of a total of 354 infants removed from their Manitoba families in 2017 were from First Nations.

259 of these infants remained in care and 12 months later were transferred to permanent wardship.

Lack of compassion shown to Winnipeg mother and her family during the apprehension was reportedly traumatic.

Immediately after her birth, the infant was placed for five days in an emergency placement with either a foster family or in a Winnipeg infant shelter. 

But the mother is thankful that this incident has shed light on this issue in Manitoba.

Manitoba’s Ministry of Families had referred to the allegations surrounding removal of the infant, immediately after her birth, to Manitoba’s General Child and Family Services.

But a reply from the authority is still awaited.


(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)

Image: New born child which was apprehended/National Post

Manitoba officials apprehend Indigenous Winnipeg woman's new born child

India Blooms News Service
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