Noh Koh Waa is a grassroots home for indigenous children who have been taken from their homes and placed in mainstream group homes or Non-Native foster homes. The home is being developed from Indigenous knowledge and values that share a holistic approach to wellness, through mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional methodologies.
Noh Koh Waa is being created by Indigenous wisdom holders including those who serve as elders, clan mothers, hereditary leaders, foster parents, social workers, doctors, nurses, researchers, administrators along with their supportive friends and colleagues, committed to supporting the children’s journey home.
Currently, 52% of children in foster care under the age of 14 years are Indigenous, however, they only represent 7.7% of children in Canada under the age of 14.
“Describing the issue as one of her top priorities, Jane Philpott noted this week that Canada removes indigenous children from their families at a rate that ranks among the highest in the developed world.”
“We are facing a humanitarian crisis in this country where indigenous children are vastly, disproportionately overrepresented in the child welfare system,” Philpott told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. ( Reported by Guardian Weekly 2016)