Canada's premiers signal it's time to start discussing child welfare reforms

Perry Bellegarde

The National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations says premiers have signalled that they want to start discussing how to reform child welfare within their jurisdictions.

Perry Bellegarde met with provincial and territorial leaders today on Big River First Nation in Saskatchewan.

It was the first time all the country's premiers have been invited to meet on a reserve.

Bellegarde's appearance also marked the end of his group's boycott of premiers' meetings that started in 2017.

Bellegarde says they talked about a recently passed federal bill that affirms jurisdiction Indigenous people have over family and child services.

He says he encouraged premiers to begin discussions, and there were a lot of nodding heads.

The premiers now move on to Saskatoon, where they have two days of closed-doors meetings of The Council of the Federation.

Bellegarde says he will continue pushing to get a seat at that table.