Kiiwetinoong member Sol Mamakwa wants to know more about the province's plans to help children at risk.

"The question is, without access to a provincial child advocate today, who will First Nations children and families reach out to, when the system is failing them," he asked.

In response, the minister responsible for children and youth, Lisa Macleod, says they're adding investigators to the ombudsman's office, and they'll have more authority than the former child advocate's office.

"Any report that's been done, or pending by the child advocate, will be sent over to the ombudsman for greater oversight and accountability and we're going to take action immediately," she said, during Question Period last week.

The child advocate's office was closed, as part of the provincial government's fall financial reforms. Macleod has said she intends to reform oversights for family services, so there's improved supports for Indigenous youth. Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford is also the minister responsible for Indigenous Affairs.

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