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  • Kids win! CHRT rules Canadian government is racially discriminating against First Nations children
    January 26, 2016

    In a landmark ruling, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal finds the Canadian government is racially discriminating against 163,000 First Nations children. Read the ruling, information sheets that describe the case and its implications, and the press release here

     

  • Watch the Tribunal ruling announcement live, January 26 at 1 pm
    January 25, 2016

    On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal will release its ruling on the First Nations child welfare discrimination case. The Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations will hold a press conference at 1 pm. Watch it live: livestream.com/afn/iamawitness

     

  • Tribunal decision expected soon
    December 17, 2015

    A ruling on the First Nations child welfare human rights case is expected between December 21, 2015 to January 29, 2016.

    For updates, keep an eye on fnwitness.ca and follow @Caringsociety on Twitter. 

  • Tribunal decision update
    December 01, 2015

    Tribunal decision update on the occasion of the tragic passing of Tribunal member Bélanger. 

    In memory of Tribunal Member Bélanger. We are forever grateful to you for your service.

     

  • "Remembering Shannen Koostachin and the forgotten generation of Indigenous children" on The Current (CBC)
    November 30, 2015

    Shannen Koostachin remains an important role model for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children and young people who continue to carry her dream for safe and comfy schools for all First Nations children in Canada. On November 27, 2015, Charlie Angus talked about his new book about Shannen and indigenous education on CBC's The Current. Listen here

  • Cindy Blackstock calls on Justin Trudeau to put an end to inequalities for First Nations children
    November 05, 2015

    Caring Society executive director Cindy Blackstock calls on newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to put an end to inequalities for First Nations children, in a letter dated October 20, 2015.

    For more about the First Nations child welfare human rights case, and Cindy's hopes for the new government, read this story on APTN National News.

  • Care for Aboriginal kids in B.C. under-resourced and lacking in cultural competence, according to BCGEU report
    October 08, 2015

    new report by the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union shows that care for Aboriginal children is under-resourced and culturally inappropriate. 

  • This election, call on your leaders to do right by First Nations kids
    September 30, 2015

    Read the Caring Society's guest post on the Canadian Paediatric Society blog.

  • Remembering and celebrating Dr. Peter H. Bryce
    August 19, 2015

    On August 16, the Caring Society, Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Marie Wilson, members of the Bryce family and other friends and supporters gathered at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Peter H. Bryce. 

    The Ottawa Citizen previewed the event in this article.

    And in this video, APTN National News speaks with Dr. Peter Bryce's grandson, Andy Bryce and Caring Society Executive Director Dr. Cindy Blackstock.  

  • First Nations of Quebec and Labrador sign Declaration on Rights of First Nations Children
    August 11, 2015

    On June 10, 2015, chiefs from across Quebec and Labrador signed a Declaration on the Rights of First Nations Children. The declaration proclaims First Nations children's rights to grow up safely, be healthy, get a good education, learn their languages and be proud of their cultures.

  • Aboriginal Children in Care: Report to Canada's Premiers
    July 17, 2015

    The Aboriginal Children in Care Working Group, made up of departmental ministers across the provinces and territories, releases its report to Canada's premiers

  • Call for nominations! Peter Henderson Bryce Award for Health Professionals
    July 14, 2015

    Nominations for health professionals who courageously advocate for the safety, health or well- being of Inuit, Métis and First Nations children and youth are now being accepted until October 16, 2015. Click here to learn more about Peter Henderson Bryce, the Award, and past winners. 

  • *New* Information Sheets
    June 30, 2015

    Click here to access information sheets on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations child welfare by the Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal

  • Bracebridge students walk for equity for all students in Canada
    June 16, 2015

    Click here to read the article from Muskoka Metroland Media. 

  • CHRT Decision in Retaliation Complaint Released
    June 05, 2015

    The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) found that the federal government did retaliate against Cindy Blackstock and awards $20, 000 in damages. Dr. Blackstock will donate any funds to children's charities. Click here to read the decision. 

  • New Caring Society Commercial
    May 05, 2015

    Watch the new 5 second Caring Society commercial done by Horizon Travel & Lifestyle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMcxzuLQuSk. It will be playing May/June 2015 in the Toronto subway tunnels. 

  • Get ready for the final ruling...
    March 03, 2015

    Watch the lastest I am Witness vignette here. The final ruling is expected from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) in 2015. 

  • It's the 8th anniversary of I am Witness!
    February 26, 2015

    This week marks the anniversary of the first filing of the First Nations child welfare complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in 2007. The Caring Society will be releasing a vignette each week leading up to the release of the final ruling in 2015. Watch the first vignette here.

  • New report on Jordan’s Principle shows flawed government implementation leads to service denials and delays
    February 10, 2015
  • Tribunal denies Fed. request to exclude documents.
    January 14, 2015
  • UPDATE: Complete Tribunal Video Footage now on APTN
    December 16, 2014

    Want to catch up on what's happened in the First Nations child welfare complaint case? Access complete video footage of the case on APTN here. 

  • *New* Upcoming Webinars for British Columbia!
    November 06, 2014

    Thanks to the Vancouver Foundation, the Caring Society will be presenting four (4) webinars on "Reconciliation and Citizenship through Shannen's Dream."

     

    The dates are:

    • November 20 at 10am (PST),
    • November 25 at 1pm (PST),
    • November 27 at 12pm (PST), and
    • December 11 at 4 pm (PST). 

     

    Click the 'Invitation Poster' for information on how to register. Contact bmartell@fncaringsociety.com if you have further questions. 

     

  • Re-imagining Child Welfare Systems in Canada Symposium
    August 26, 2016

    Event - October 21, 2016: Re-imagining Child Welfare Systems in Canada, a symposium bringing together academics, practitioners, community based organizations and those with lived experience to foster conversation, deepen analyses, and re-imagine radically difference child welfare systems. 

    RSVP Required at: bit.ly/osresearch

    To learn about an approach to re-develop child welfare to better suit the needs of Indigenous children, based on the visions of Indigenous communities' ways of caring for children, see the Touchstones of Hope

  • Public Talk: The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations child welfare
    February 22, 2016

    FNCARES and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Week at the University of Alberta Present

     

    Dr. Cindy Blackstock on The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations child welfare

    Date: March 15, 2016,

    Time: 8:30-10:00 a.m.

    Location: 4th Floor Lounge, Education North Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton

     

    In 2007, Dr. Cindy Blackstock and the Assembly of First Nations filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal alleging that Canada discriminates against First Nations children on the basis of race and/or national or ethnic origin by providing inequitable and insufficient funding for child and family services on reserves. In January 2016, the Tribunal ruled in favour of the complainants, ordering the government to cease discriminatory practices against 163,000 affected children and take measures to redress and prevent further discrimination. In this talk, Dr. Blackstock will discuss the Tribunal's findings, the remedies ordered, and what this means for First Nations children's rights in Canada moving forward.

     

    Click here to register for the talk 

     

     

    For more information about the case:

    https://fncaringsociety.com/i-am-witness

    To read the ruling:

    http://decisions.chrt-tcdp.gc.ca/chrt-tcdp/decisions/en/item/127700/index.do

  • Public Talk: The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations child welfare
    February 22, 2016

    FNCARES and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Week at the University of Alberta Present

     

    Dr. Cindy Blackstock on The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations child welfare

    Date: March 15, 2016,

    Time: 8:30-10:00 a.m.

    Location: 4th Floor Lounge, Education North Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton

     

    In 2007, Dr. Cindy Blackstock and the Assembly of First Nations filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal alleging that Canada discriminates against First Nations children on the basis of race and/or national or ethnic origin by providing inequitable and insufficient funding for child and family services on reserves. In January 2016, the Tribunal ruled in favour of the complainants, ordering the government to cease discriminatory practices against 163,000 affected children and take measures to redress and prevent further discrimination. In this talk, Dr. Blackstock will discuss the Tribunal's findings, the remedies ordered, and what this means for First Nations children's rights in Canada moving forward.

     

    Click here to register for the talk 

     

     

    For more information about the case:

    https://fncaringsociety.com/i-am-witness

    To read the ruling:

    http://decisions.chrt-tcdp.gc.ca/chrt-tcdp/decisions/en/item/127700/index.do    

     

  • Students call on the Prime Minister to have a heart for First Nations children (audio)
    February 17, 2016

    On Wednesday, February 10, more than 600 children and young people from across the National Capital Region and beyond gathered on Parliament to celebrate love and fairness for First Nations children.

    The students read letters, and shared songs and poems calling on the Prime Minister and all Canadians to have a heart for First Nations kids and give them the childhood they deserve.

    Listen to their messages in this audio clip recorded and produced by journalist Michelle Bartleman. 

  • "Advocates await First Nations welfare ruling" (Canadian Press)
    January 25, 2016

    In 2007, the Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations filed a human rights complaint against the federal government alleging that inequitable funding for child welfare on reserves amounts to discrimination on the basis of racial origin. The complaint was eventually presented to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Hearings began in February 2013 and came to a close in October 2014. On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, nine years after the complaint was filed, the Tribunal will finally release its ruling. 

    In this story for the Canadian Press, reporter Kristy Kirkup talks to Caring Society executive director Cindy Blackstock about her experience of the case, and what was kept her going all these years. 

     

  • MMIW inquiry must examine the child-welfare system
    December 02, 2015

    Cindy Blackstock writes in the Globe and Mail about why an inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women ought to include an examination of how structural inequities in child welfare put First Nations girls & women at greater risk for disadvantage and violence. Read the article here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/a-mmiw-inquiry-must-examine-the-child-welfare-system/article27549551/

  • Follow-up blog: Reconciliation in Post-Secondary education
    November 04, 2015

    Following our October 14 "Reconciliation in post-secondary" event at the University of Alberta, Keavy Martin posted a blog responding to the event and calling for changes at the university: http://blog.ualberta.ca/2015/11/a-consider-this-opinion-piece-on-being.html

  • Now Available: Live-Stream of "Reconciliation in Post-Secondary: Implementing the TRC Recommendations" public lecture
    October 15, 2015

    On October 14, 2015, FNCARES co-hosted the public lecture "Reconciliaion in Post-Secondary: Implementing the TRC Recommendations" at the University of Alberta. Speakers were Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Charlene Bearhead and Dr. Eber Hampton, and Dr. Keavy Martin chaired the event. The lecture hall was filled, and more joined us via the Live Stream, which is now available to everyone here: https://connect.srv.ualberta.ca/p46arglwcv1/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal. In her blog preceding the event, Cindy Blackstock states that, "[t]o meaningfully engage in reconciliation, universities must look beyond recruitment of Aboriginal faculty and students and the development of Aboriginal programs towards acknowledgement of the historic and contemporary colonial bones of the university itself." Read the entire blog here: http://blog.ualberta.ca/2015/10/a-consider-this-opinion-piece.html.

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