Think you might be eligible for compensation?
We wish to emphasize that it is Canada, and not the Caring Society, that will be paying out and distributing this compensation.
As you may know, on September 6, 2019, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered (2019 CHRT 39) Canada to compensate certain First Nations children, their parents or grandparents who were affected by its discriminatory treatment in child welfare services since January 1, 2006 or who were denied or experienced delays in other services since November 2, 2017. Children, parents and grand-parents who are entitled to receive $40,000 in compensation include:
- Each child, on reserve or in the Yukon, taken into care unnecessarily (removals that may have been prevented if adequate services were available) since Jan. 1, 2006.
- Each child, on reserve or in the Yukon, removed from their families then returned after Jan. 1, 2006.
- Each parent or grandparent caring for a child, on reserve or in the Yukon, who was unnecessarily removed since Jan. 1, 2006.
- Each child who was removed from their homes on reserve or in the Yukon due to abuse since Jan. 1, 2006, but were placed outside their extended families or communities and thus did not benefit from least disruptive measures.
- Each First Nations child on or off reserve who, as a result of a gap, delay and/or denial of services, was placed in care outside of their home, family and community in order to receive those services between Dec. 12, 2007 and Nov. 2, 2017.
- Each First Nations child on or off reserve who was not removed from their family home but was either denied services covered under Jordan’s Principle as defined in 2017 CHRT 14 or 2017 CHRT 35 (for example, mental health, special education, dental etc.) or who received such services after an unreasonable delay or upon reconsideration ordered by the Tribunal.
- Each parent or grandparent who, as a result of a service gap, denial or delay, were denied essential services and had a child removed from the home between Dec. 12, 2007 and Nov. 2, 2017.
- Each parent or grandparent whose child was not removed from their home, but was denied services covered under Jordan’s Principle or received such services after an unreasonable delay or upon reconsideration ordered by the Tribunal.
The parties involved in the case will determine the process to award compensation in the coming months. If you believe you are one of the children, parents or grandparents entitled to compensation, please check the Caring Society website for further information or follow us on social media (Twitter @CaringSociety, Facebook /CaringSociety, Instagram @spiritbearandfriends). We will do our best to keep you informed about the process and the compensation to which you may be entitled.