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  • 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.

  • Rich Country, Poor Nation
    April 03, 2015

    Globe & Mail video: 11 facts about the gap between First Nations and the rest of Canada *note: the 2014 UN Human Development Index ranks Canada 8th (not 6th, as video says)

  • Get ready for the final ruling...
    March 10, 2015

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

  • Reconciliation Means Not Saying Sorry Twice - Dr. Cindy Blackstock gives public talk at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton
    February 18, 2015

    Join us on Feb. 26, 2015, 4:30-6pm, at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Robbins Health Learning Centre, Kule Theatre

    Click here for more info and to RSVP 

  • National Post: "Canada’s child-welfare crisis brings calls for reform from across the country"
    December 12, 2014
  • FNCARES in UA Extension News
    November 26, 2014
  • Watch video of "Followed": Dr. Cindy Blackstock on her experience of government breaching her privacy.
    November 26, 2014
  • FNCARES Annual Report 2013-2014
    November 07, 2014
  • "Followed": a presentation by Dr. Cindy Blackstock at the University of Alberta
    November 05, 2014

    Tuesday, November 25, 12:30 - 2:00 pm

    Telus Centre, Room 150, University of Alberta, Edmonton

    *Live Webcast Streaming: link TBA*

     

    In her presentation "Followed," Dr. Cindy Blackstock will speak about the implications and impact of having her privacy breached by Federal officials. What was the purpose and reasons behind the extraordinary effort undertaken by Federal officials to monitor and gather information on Dr. Blackstock? This incredible story of one person will shock and surprise practitioners in the information rights community. This situation will give pause for thought and reflection about the value of privacy in a free and democratic society, and the implications for others working towards equity and human rights for everyone in Canada. 

    Dr. Blackstock's presentation will be followed by a panel discussion involving Jill Clayton, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta and Mary Marshall, Health Privacy Law expert and former Alberta Health Advocate. These two panel speakers will discuss social trends and privacy breaches that impact the rights of citizens to have their privacy protected. 

    Audience members will be encouraged to ask questions and join in a discussion about privacy, fundamental human rights and the elements of our society that are important for maintaining a healthy civil society and democracy. 

     

    EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND THIS OPEN PUBLIC EVENT. No registration required.

     

    Room is wheelchair accessible. Join Facebook event, and invite your friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/695615830521889/

     

     

     

  • Now available online!
    October 31, 2014
  • Just released! Replies to Federal Government's Final Written Submissions
    October 14, 2014
  • Just released! Caring Society 2013 - 14 Annual Report
    September 23, 2014
  • Letter of Support from OCDSB
    September 12, 2014

    A big THANK YOU to Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) for their continued support of culturally based equity for First Nations children and young people!

    Want to engage with your School Board? Click here to read the letter of support.

     

  • Plan to witness Final Arguments in person?
    September 12, 2014

    Going to a brand new space can sometimes be confusing, so click here for the Tribunal room layout to help plan your visit, whether you're coming on your own, in a group or with a class! 

    If you would like to attend as a class, please contact Brittany Martell or Andrea Auger for more information and advice. 

  • *New* Information Sheet on Jordan's Principle
    September 04, 2014
  • Chelsea-Jane Edwards, Shannen's Dream youth campaigner, discusses imminent opening of new school in Attawapiskat and education needs for all First Nations children on CBC's 'As It Happens'
    July 28, 2014
  • Data from study suggests Harper government's audits of charitable organizations corrupt democratic proccess
    July 23, 2014
  • Child-friendly information sheet on First Nation Child Welfare Complaint
    July 17, 2014

    A new child and youth resource on the First Nations child welfare complaint at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal with information on how young people can get involved.

    Learn more at www.fnwitness.ca

  • Canada's Federal court ruling in support of Maurina Beadle and Jordan's Principle stands
    July 14, 2014
  • APTN: Feds drop appeal against Mi’kmaq mother and disabled son
    July 12, 2014
  • Federal Government drops its appeal of the Beadle/Pictou Landing case
    July 11, 2014

    The Federal Government has dropped its appeal in the Beadle/Pictou Landing case meaning the favourable Federal Court decision of April 2013 stands. The Caring Society extends warm thanks and appreciation to Maurina Beadle, her son Jeremy and Pictou Landing First Nation for setting this important precedent on Jordan’s Principle.

  • New! Information Sheet: The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations Child Welfare
    July 04, 2014
  • Shannen's Dream in action!
    July 04, 2014

    Looking for ideas on how to put learning into action? Check out this amazing presentation made by students from St. Augustine CES on Shannen's Dream and their involvement in Our Dreams Matter Too. 

    View the presentation

  • APTN: Wait for new school in the Long Point First Nation goes on
    June 24, 2014

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