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  • Premiere Screening of "Finding Peter Bryce"
    May 10, 2018

    You are invited to the premiere screening of Finding Peter Bryce. This event will take place at the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa on May 10, 2018. The doors will open at 6:00 pm and programming will start at 6:30 pm. For the best seats please arrive somewhere between 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm.

    Agenda:

    6:00 pm: Doors Open

    6:30 pm: Programming Begins

    Finding Peter Bryce Synopsis:

    Growing up, all Andy Bryce knew about his great-grandfather was that he wrote the first health code in Canada, and he lived in a big house in Ottawa. But that all changed the day Andy opened a box of family memorabilia that his mother had left for him when she died. He discovered that his great-grandfather, Dr. Peter H. Bryce was the Chief Medical Health officer for the Department of Indian Affairs in 1907 when he reported on appalling health conditions in residential schools on the prairies. Bryce’s report was discredited by the department’s chief bureaucrat Duncan Campbell Scott, and Bryce was later relieved of his duties at Indian Affairs. But for the rest of his life, Peter Henderson Bryce would lobby for better conditions for Indigenous people. He went on to write Story of a National Crime – An Appeal for Justice to the Indians of Canada.

    In Finding Peter Bryce, journalist and teacher Andy Bryce traces his great-grandfathers story – from his childhood in rural Ontario, to his mysterious death on a cruise ship in the West Indies. He finds a brilliant and complex man who spoke truth to power and who could also inspire his grandchildren in the wonders of the garden. We are left wondering how many other great stories are to be found stored in cardboard boxes and forgotten filing cabinets.

    Link to trailer: https://vimeo.com/189577852

     

  • Tribunal again tells feds to fund Indigenous child welfare, minister agrees
    February 09, 2018
  • Breaking News: Tribunal issues fourth non-compliance order against Canada on FN child welfare
    February 01, 2018

    OTTAWA, ON (February 1, 2018, 9:00 a.m.) – The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (“the Tribunal”) has issued a fourth compliance order finding Canada’s approach to First Nations child welfare to be unlawful and discriminatory.

  • CTV News - Tribunal again tells feds to fund Indigenous child welfare, minister agrees
    February 01, 2018

    link here

  • CBC Radio - Fix First Nations child welfare system now, says Cindy Blackstock
    December 02, 2017

    link here

  • Federal Court of Appeal Decision: Motion for leave to intervene - STACEY SHINER ET AL v. AGC ET AL
    November 24, 2017
  • Pre-order Spirit Bear and Children Make History
    November 20, 2017

    Coming December 5, 2017: Spirit Bear and Children Make History! Pre-Order this beautifully illustrated book telling the true story of how First Nations and other children stood together for fairness. Will make a perfect gift for children! Order yours for $15.00 plus shipping by contacting info@fncaringsociety.com.

  • Important Notice for 60's Scoop Survivors
    November 11, 2017

    Important notice for 60's Scoop survivors. The Caring Society is not directly involved in this proceeding. Contact persons listed in the notice for further information. 

  • NEW!! Spirit Bear 2018 Calendar
    October 19, 2017

    Spirit Bear's Guide to Reconciliation 2018 edition:

    Our 2018 calendars are officially sold out! Stay tuned for the 2019 edition of our calendar in the coming year. 

     

  • Globe and Mail Article:
    September 25, 2017
  • UNCERD calls on Canada to fully comply with and implement Tribunal rulings
    August 25, 2017
  • Continued discrimination against First Nations children violates global anti-racism treaty
    August 10, 2017

    Joint press release by Amnesty International Canada, Broadbent Institute, Canadian Friends Service Committee, Children First Canada, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, Justice for Indigenous Women, KAIROS, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Project of Heart, Rideau Institute and United Food and Commercial Workers Canada. 

  • The Star editorial: What will it take for Ottawa finally to tackle Indigenous child-welfare crisis?
    May 29, 2017

    Editorial by The Star on the FN child welfare case and Jordan's Principle. Read here.

  • Breaking News: Tribunal issues a third non-compliance order on Jordan's Principle
    May 26, 2017

    OTTAWA, ON (May 26, 2017, 2:00 p.m.) – The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (“the Tribunal”) has issued a third compliance order finding Canada’s approach to Jordan’s Principle to be unlawful and discriminatory.

  • Caring Society press release on third non-compliance order issued May 26, 2017
    May 26, 2017

    OTTAWA, ON (May 26, 2017, 2:00 p.m.) – Caring Society press release on third non-compliance order issued May 26, 2017 

  • CBC News: Bear Witness Day brings awareness to Jordan's Principle
    May 10, 2017

    CBC News article on Bear Witness Day and the importance of Jordan's Principle, to view click here.

  • APTN National News: First Nations students in Thunder Bay raise money towards safe place to live
    April 19, 2017

    A news report released by APTN on April 19th : First Nations students in Thunder Bay raise money towards safe place to live
     
    Students from Thunder Bay, ON organize a spring carnival to raise money for a safe place to live for future students

  • CBC News: Shannen Koostachin, Indigenous education advocate, named one of 150 greatest Canadians
    February 14, 2017

    A news report released by CBC on February 14th: Shannen Koostachin, Indigenous education advocate, named one of 150 greatest Canadians 
     
    Shannen & her legacy earn her a spot on the list of top 150 greatest Canadians, amongst Terry Fox and Emily Carr, to help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. 
     

     

  • New Information Sheet!
    February 06, 2017
  • UPDATED: Report a Jordan's Principle Case
    January 19, 2017

    If you think you have encountered a Jordan's Principle case, please complete the below form and mail to:

    First Nations Child and Family Caring Society

    401-309 Cooper Street

    Ottawa, ON K2P 0G5

    You may also scan and send the form by e-mail to info@fncaringsociety.com.

  • Toronto Star article on Canada's failure to implement Jordan's Principle
    January 04, 2017

    The Caring Society has filed a motion at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal alleging that the Federal government has failed to comply with the Tribunal's orders on Jordan's Principle. Click here to read the Toronto Star article and learn more.

  • UPDATED: Jordan's Principle contact list
    January 03, 2017

    Click below for our Jordan's Principle Q&A Information Sheet, revised December 2016.

  • Call for nominations! 2017 P.H. Bryce Award for Children and Youth - DEADLINE FEBRUARY 15th, 2017
    December 13, 2016

    Do you know an amazing young person making a difference for Indigenous children? Nominations are now open for the 2017 P. H. Bryce Award for Children and Youth! 

    Named for courageous health advocate Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce, the award recognizes outstanding leadership in promoting the safety, health or well-being of First Nations, Metis and Inuit children and youth. 

    Visit the P.H. Bryce Award website to learn more!

    Deadline for nominations is February 15, 2017.

  • Parliamentary Budget Officer finds shortfall in First Nations education
    December 06, 2016

    A new report released today by the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) confirms the ongoing shortfall in Federal funding for First Nations education. As stated in the report:
     
    "After comparing and analyzing data on federal and provincial education spending, PBO found evidence that INAC [Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada] funding mechanisms:

    • do not adequately take into account important cost drivers for band-operated schools;
    • favour students living on reserves who attend provincial schools; and
    • put band-operated schools in remote northern regions at significant disadvantage."

    Download the full report here.

  • Toronto Star editorial: On indigenous child welfare, the Liberals’ symbols are souring
    November 06, 2016

    An important editorial by the Toronto Star on the House of Commons Motion on First Nations child welfare and Jordan's Principle. Read it, share it and learn more about the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings and court documents at: www.fnwitness.ca

  • Discussion Paper: Proposal for a First Nations Child and Family Caring Act
    November 01, 2016

    For your consideration! This proposal for a First Nations Child and Family Caring Act for was presented by Sébastien Grammond at Osgoode Hall Law School’s Re-Imagining Child Welfare symposium on 21 October 2016. A more complete discussion of the proposal will appear in the Journal of Law and Social Policy.

  • URGENT: Express your support for the House of Commons Motion to ensure CHRT Compliance
    October 28, 2016

    Dear Colleagues, Friends and Supporters:
     
    As you know, the NDP has tabled a motion in the House of Commons to support the full and proper implementation of Jordan's Principle and the Tribunal decisions on child welfare. Please take action and express your support and encourage others in your circle to do so as well. The vote is on Tuesday night (November 1st) and we want to make sure as many people as possible are there supporting the kids ensuring that their member of Parliament votes in favour of the motion. 
     
    Here is the link to express your support for the motion and please feel free to share the link in your networks: www.ndp.ca/first-nations-children
     
    The Liberals also announced a new consultation strategy today with the appointment of Cynthia Wesley-Esquimault and we have also heard INAC is willing to offer agencies funds to send agency data into INAC. These two initiatives were done without consultation with the Caring Society and to our knowledge without consultation with the AFN either. The Caring Society is standing by the consultation process of the National Advisory Committee/Regional Tables with links to each First Nations community and agency. INAC is currently not willing to provide NAC with the information it will need to do the work insisting that NAC only have access to publicly available information. They are also suggesting that there be only three FN reps on NAC versus the practice we are proposing (and has been used in the previous two reviews successfully) of one per region.
     
    We need to ensure: 1) Compliance with the orders 2) full implementation of Jordan's Principle across all public services and all children without any delays related to the child's First Nations status and 3) INAC engages with First Nations and CFS agencies as well as the parties to the CHRT to ensure NAC is established and has the resources and support it needs to be successful and in the full spirit of UNDRIP.  
     
    You can watch the vote on CPAC on Tuesday!​
     

  • Manitoba Legislature passes a motion calling on Canada to comply with the CHRT decisions and implement Jordan's Principle
    October 26, 2016

    Click below for full text of the motion and debate. 

  • One year later, Liberals still discriminate against First Nations children
    October 18, 2016

     In this Ottawa Citizen editorial, Cindy Blackstock writes about the new government's lack of immediate action to help First Nations kids.  

  • Students and teachers talk about integrating Indigenous courses in curriculum
    September 26, 2016

    In this CTV News video, students and teachers talk about integrating Indigenous courses into the curriculum. 

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