Funding for aboriginal youth homes questioned

By: The Canadian Press

 | May 30, 2014 - 2:11 PM |
EDMONTON - An Alberta judge says there should be an investigation into whether aboriginal group homes receive less funding than facilities for non- native youth.

The judge heard evidence in a fatality inquiry that the federal funding a home for aboriginal youth gets in Edmonton is 22 per cent less than funding for housing non-aboriginal youth.

Provincial court Judge Kirk MacDonald says that if a disparity exists, the province needs to work with Ottawa to eliminate it.

The inquiry examined the stabbing death of a 17-year-old boy in Edmonton in 2009.

The teen, who cannot be named, constantly ran away from his group home and was staying with an aunt the night he got into in a fight with several other teens — some armed with swords, knives and bats.

The judge says group home staff followed their rules and nothing could have been done to prevent the boy's death.

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