I am a Witness: Tribunal Timeline & Documents

The timeline below chronicles the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal case on inequitable funding for First Nations child welfare, which the Tribunal ruled amounts to discrimination.  

View the pre-Tribunal timeline for a history of First Nations child and family services funding leading up the case. 

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2024

February 12, 2024

The Caring Society seeks intervener status in Attorney General of Quebec v. Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan.

February 6, 2024

The Tribunal issued the motion schedule for the non-compliance motion on Jordan's Principle, filed by the Caring Society in December 2023.

February 2, 2024

Official notice of the pending decision from the Supreme Court in Attorney General of Québec, et al. v. Attorney General of Canada, et al. to determine whether Bill C-92, An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, is constitutional. The Quebec Court of Appeal answered that the Act, which came into force on January 1, 2020, is constitutional, except for ss. 21 and 22(3), which are not. The Supreme Court will deliver its judgment on the appeal on Friday, February 9, 2024. 

January 17, 2024

On January 17, 2024, Canada and the AFN both formally withdrew their applications for judicial review at the Federal Court, which were filed in response to the Tribunal's letter-decision and subsequent order, 2022 CHRT 41, which found that the class-action Final Settlement Agreement on compensation did not fully satisfy its orders on compensation. 

Canada also formally withdrew its appeal at the Federal Court of Appeal. 

January 12, 2024

The Caring Society's January 12, 2024 affidavits as part of the December 12, 2023 non-compliance motion on Jordan's Principle. Affidavits of C. Blackstock and B. Mathews are included. 

2023

December 21, 2023

Federal Court order approving class action counsel legal fees in the amount of $40 million, plus disbursements and taxes for all work completed before October 31, 2023, and counsel fees for work completed from November 1, 2023 until completion of the last distribution protocol should be paid based on actual work performed (with no enhancement) using commercial hourly rates up to a maximum of $5 million. 

December 17, 2023

Canada's letter to the Tribunal in response to the Caring Society's notice of motion on Jordan's Principle. 

December 12, 2023

The Caring Society makes a motion for relief to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal regarding Canada’s wilful and chronic failure to adhere to the Tribunal's orders on Jordan's Principle. The motion includes immediate measures for resolving areas of Canada's non-compliance with Jordan's Principle, called the Jordan's Principle Work Plan. 

November 20, 2023

Federal Court order approving the revised Final Settlement Agreement on compensation. 

October 24, 2023

The Caring Society's full statement on the Federal Court's approval of the $23B compensation agreement for First Nations children and families harmed by Canada's discriminatory approach to child welfare and Jordan's Principle.