REGINA – The Saskatchewan government and a child welfare agency are reporting progress on 18 recommendations made after a 10-year-old boy killed a six-year-old boy.
Social Services and the Yorkton Tribal Council Child and Family Services have provided their first quarterly update to recommendations made by children’s advocate Bob Pringle in May.
Pringle found there were significant gaps in aid provided to the 10-year-old by the tribal council, the local child welfare agency on his case.
Social Services says, among other things, it has held a joint training session with First Nations child and family services on safety plans.
The ministry also says it’s now doing program reviews on First Nations child welfare agencies on a yearly basis, rather than the old practice of every three years.
Pringle noted that the 10-year-old boy had behavioural issues and said he probably should not have been in the community unsupervised when the six-year-old was killed in August 2013.
Legislation prevents Pringle from naming the boys.
The RCMP said at a news conference last September that Lee Bonneau died after being found injured in a wooded area not far from the Kahkewistahaw First Nation community centre.
Lee was not a member of the First Nation, but was visiting the reserve with his foster mother, who had gone to play bingo.
Lee was last seen walking with the older boy outside the reserve’s recreation complex.
The 10-year-old was too young to be charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
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