Federal cabinet minister Bill Blair says Ottawa's working with First Nations and municipalities, in an effort to help children in need.

"We have an opportunity to significantly enhance outcomes for kids, and keep kids from going into care and keep them in their community and properly supported," he said.

Repatriating children in care to their First Nation homes has been the top issue for Indigenous leaders in recent months. On Friday, Ottawa announced an agreement with Indigenous groups, hoping to put an end to the century-old practice of taking children in crisis from their homes and communities.

In addition, Blair said he had good talks with Indigenous leaders about gun control.

"That was a very interesting conversation, as well," Blair continued, underlining the importance of treaty rights and traditional pracitices.

As part of the day, Blair noted he was open to talking about banning handguns, but he emphasized he wanted to have a respectful consultation with law-abiding gun owners.

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