WINNIPEG - The country's top aboriginal leader is supporting the cause of a Winnipeg native man who has been camping in front of the legislature trying to draw attention to his child welfare grievance.
Samuel McGillivary says he was identified as a juvenile delinquent when he was eight and forced to work on a Manitoba farm while he lived in a provincially funded group home during the'70s.
Now 45, McGillivary and others with similar claims call themselves the "Lost Boys" and are pushing the provincial government to call a public inquiry.
National Chief Phil Fontaine of the Assembly of First Nations met McGillivary outside his tent this morning.
Fontaine says he hopes Manitoba will call an inquiry and eventually create a healing centre.
McGillivary, who has been camped out for more than two weeks, say he plans to stay until the province agrees to hold the inquiry and set up treatment for survivors of the group homes.