Toronto march for child welfare issues (Our children are calling to us)
Thursday, Nov. 25 · 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunrise ceremony at Queen's Park at 7:30 a.m.
March starting at Queen's Park at 11:00 a.m.
There will be a feast at the end of the march.
Organized by the Grass Roots Committee of Ontario
This group has issued a, "call out to all supporters, warriors, leadership and community members for accountability and changes to the subsequent attacks on native people in this society. We want CAS (Children's Aid Society) off our communities and replaced by our own services as developed by our own people both on/off reserve level. Do our First Nation leadership have control of these programs? No, so we demand answers.There will be a feast at the end of the march."
The Grass Roots Committee of Ontario: "We created this group to be pro active on child welfare matters. More specifically CAS issues. Secondly, we are part of the 60's, 70's and 80's scoop commonly known as "60's scoop". To date, the survivors have a lawsuit with the "Attorney General of Canada (now certified-Nov 2010).
Mr. Robert Commanda is one of the plaintiffs and he is attending the gatherings to bring awareness to community people about this issue (Robert heads the 60's Scoop committee which is part of this grass roots initiative). Lastly, we support and attend to rallies which are meant to bring accountability to CAS. These are peaceful rallies and we do not believe in violent confrontations.
We are a volunteer group made up of grass roots people. We do not report to anyone but to our membership. Were not connected to any Government nor do we obtain monies from them. We're totally self reliant on donations and the good will grass roots people and our supporters. Of late, CAS-Children's Aid Society is notorious of attacking native people-"forced removal of our children" in this country. We aim to put an end to this policy by whatever means.
Join if your willing to be pro active, a team player, compassionate and can get along with others. Then come on board. In closing, we have the children, youth and families to think about and lobby for. As it is, no one is helping the most vulnerable people of this country and that has to be the grass roots people.....John Fox, former CAS survivor-Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve."
Please note that this event is part of Toronto's Indigenous Sovereignty Week. For more information, please see its Facebook page.
For more information on actions by the Grass Roots Committee of Ontario, please see: Activist Communiqué: Little Current Children's Aid Society protest and march on Manitoulin Island.
For more information on demanding accountability from the CAS and Ontario's Bill 93 2008 (formerly Bill 88), please see: http://bill88.ca/index.html
For more information concerning the Children's Aid Society, please see: Canada Court Watch advises Minister of front line CAS workers breaking the law
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