Dozens of Winnipeggers are standing up for kids in the care of Child and Family Services.
A rally organized by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Office of the First Nations Family Advocate started at the Children’s Hospital on Saturday morning.
The group then walked past the Women’s Hospital, the law courts, and the remand centre, finishing at The Forks.
There they held a ‘Stand-up’ ceremony where families shared their experiences with CFS.
AMC’s First Nations Family Advocate, Cora Morgan says there are 11,000 children in care and the majority of them are indigenous.
Many mothers at the event who have kids in the system said they feel they are assumed guilty until proven innocent.
One mother, who cannot be identified because her two children are in care, said she has taken 27 parenting courses and still she feels she isn’t any closer to getting custody of her children.
Also at the event was 11-year-old Tait Palsson who started a petition for children’s rights which he is taking to the provincial government.
He’s fighting for the rights of the child set forward by the United Nations to be upheld, especially for children in care who he believes do not have enough say in what happens to them.
So far he’s got more than 800 signatures, but he would like to get more. His goal is for everyone in Manitoba to sign.