In the midst of mounting controversy surrounding the removal of children from their parents by U.S. officials at the Mexican border, Canada’s own trend of child removal was put on display before the Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples Tuesday.

Cora McGuire-Cyrette, executive director of the Ontario Native Woman’s Association (ONWA), told the committee Ontario’s child welfare services and the Child, Youth and Family Services Act are working together as “today’s current residential school system.”

While Indigenous people under age 15 represent 4.1 per cent of Ontario’s population, Statistics Canada data shows they make up 30 per cent of those in foster care. The Ontario Human Rights Commission recently recognized this may result partly from bias within the province’s child welfare agencies.