Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald is advocating for reforms to child protection services, after troubling findings from a coroner's report last week.
"What we want to do is support the call for the implementation of those recommendations," she said. "Specifically, we see that Nishnawbe Aski Nation has called for a trilateral process. We want to support them and Treaty 3."
The report released last week included a look at what happened the night Grassy Narrows member Azraya Kokopenace, who passed away in 2016. Archibald was visiting the territory last week, as she stopped in Dalles and Grassy Narrows for announcements.
Doctor Dirk Huyer is Ontario's Chief Coroner, and he counts 12 youth who've died in care over the last four years.
The report echoes the findings of a report last year by the province, along with calls for better funding for First Nations agencies and the reunification of children with their families on First Nations.
Last year, the province budgeted an additional $134 million over four years, in an effort to better assist 113,000 families in need. The government also passed new legislation.
Kenora's hospital has requested $1.5 million for a 24/7 children's crisis service to help with at-risk youth. In 2016-2017, hospital staff estimated they received more than 360 youth in crisis, and they said the numbers were on the rise.
The report didn't include the death of Hezekiah Wesley in the spring.
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