By Miranda Leybourne Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Province of Manitoba on behalf of First Nation children, families and communities impacted by the child welfare system. The $1-billion lawsuit, which was filed in the Court of King’s Bench Thursday, claims the child welfare system in Manitoba has failed First Nations and focuses on “off-reserve” children who, from 1992 to the present day, have been apprehended by Child and Family Services (CFS) and placed into foster care, according to a press release from AMC. At a media conference in Winnipeg Thursday, AMC Grand Chief Cornell McLean said First Nations have the “authority and sacred responsibility” to ensure the well-being of their children, youth and families. “Before colonization, it would be
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