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First Nations grandparents increasingly taking charge of grandchildren

By Michelle McQuigge
TORONTO — On Feb. 12, 2005, Connie Johnson sent her husband out to cruise Ottawa’s downtown streets in search of her five-year-old granddaughter.
She had just gotten word that Maggie was in the care of her drug-addicted mother, in direct violation of orders from the Children’s Aid Society.
Hours later, Johnson’s husband found Maggie at a Salvation Army shelter and opened a new chapter in the Inuk girl’s life.
Maggie became one of thousands of First Nations children to permanently fall under the care of grandparents who had previously thought their child-rearing days were behind them.
“I had thought all this was in my past,” said Johnson, a 70-year-old mother of three. “I never expected to have to do this again.”

Read the original article at: The Vancouver Sun

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