Manitoba First Nations children’s advocate fasting to protest child welfare

Manitoba's First Nations children's advocate has set up teepees on the lawn of the legislature for a fast to draw attention to the province's "broken" child welfare system.

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s First Nations children’s advocate has set up teepees on the lawn of the legislature for a fast to draw attention to the province’s “broken” child welfare system.

Cora Morgan is going without food or water, along with five other women.

The group has lit a sacred fire and set up large teepees in the shadow of the legislature.

Morgan says they want to draw attention to the problems within Child and Family Services and seek spiritual guidance.

She says Manitoba can’t continue taking aboriginal children away from their parents at will, forcing them to prove they are fit.

Manitoba has more than 10,000 children in care and the vast majority are aboriginal.