Federal cash cut for early child intervention on reserves: Saskatchewan advocate

SASKATOON - Saskatchewan's child and youth advocate says he's worried about First Nations children because federal funding has been cut for an early intervention program.

Bob Pringle says Ottawa provided the money to bands, which used the cash to contract services through the province's Early Childhood Intervention Program.

But Pringle says funding is to be cut at the end of June.

He says program staff helped children with developmental delays prepare for school, organized medical outreach clinics and brought specialists to the North.

The advocate says they worked with 159 children living on reserves last year, but he adds there are many more who need services.

Pringle says cutting the funding runs counter to the idea of giving children a good start in life no matter where they live in Saskatchewan.