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  • Tribunal releases ruling on eligibility for Jordan's Principle

    November 25, 2020

    The Tribunal released a ruling (2020 CHRT 36) on the groups of children eligible to receive services through Jordan's Principle. The Tribunal rules that cases meeting any one of the four criteria are eligible for consideration under Jordan's Principle. Those criteria are the following:

    1. The child is registered or eligible to be registered under the Indian Act, as amended from time to time;
    2. The child has one parent/guardian who is registered or eligible to be registered under the Indian Act;
    3. The child is recognized by their Nation for the purposes of Jordan’s Principle; or
    4. The child is ordinarily resident on reserve. 
  • CHRT release ruling on Jordan's Principle

    July 17, 2020

    The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal released a ruling (2020 CHRT 20) on the definition of a First Nations with regard to receiving services through Jordan's Principle. First Nations children eligible to receive services through Jordan's Principle also now include:

    1) Those who are recognized by their nation; and

    2) Those with a parent who has status and all persons eligible under S-3 are immediately eligible for Jordan's Principle.

    Visit for all information about the case.

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    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

  • On Alberta Primetime: Myrtle Calahaisn, Claudine Louise and Cindy Blackstock discuss whether enough has been done on anniversary of residential school apology.

    June 11, 2014

  • Homies Chatting: Sunday Edition with Ian Campeau & Tanya Talaga featuring guest Cindy Blackstock

    July 12, 2020

    Watch the very first episode of Homies Chatting: Sunday Edition with Ian Campeau & Tanya Talaga

  • 2 Crees in a Pod: Do Right - Not be Right with Dr. Cindy Blackstock

    June 22, 2020

    Listen to this new episode of the 2 Crees in a Pod Podcast with guest Cindy Blackstock. 

  • Pushed out and silenced: How one doctor was punished for speaking out about residential schools

    April 17, 2020

    Listen to the episode of Unreserved with Zoe Tennant featuring Dr. Cindy Blackstock. 

  • History will repeat itself if First Nations remain underfunded in the fight against COVID-19

    April 08, 2020

    Read the Opinion piece by Cindy Blackstock and Isadore Day in the Globe and Mail. 

  • CBC News - Apr 2, 2020

    Ottawa overestimated cost of compensating First Nations children under tribunal order: budget officer

    April 02, 2020

    CBC News - "Budget officer says Indigenous Services's estimate relied on broad interpretation of eligibility"

  • Documents suggest Canada paid millions more than admitted to fight Cindy Blackstock

    February 05, 2020

  • Ottawa says talks 'productive' on how to distribute First Nations child-welfare compensation it still opposes

    January 28, 2020

  • House passes motion calling on Ottawa to pay First Nations child welfare compensation ordered by tribunal

    December 11, 2019

  • Canada must stop normalizing inequality for Indigenous people

    December 09, 2019

    Cindy Blackstock: The federal government, which has an insatiable appetite to be thanked for inadequate measures, should expect no gratitude for discrimination. 

    Read the Macleans article here.

  • 67-million nights in foster care

    October 16, 2019

    Cindy Blackstock: First Nations children and their families should receive some measure of justice without having to fight Canada for it. Why won’t Canada pay?

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    Blackface and an about-face: How Canada's promise of reconciliation went wrong

    October 07, 2019

  • Breaking: Federal Government challenges 2019 CHRT 39

    October 04, 2019

    On September 6, 2019, in an historic ruling (2019 CHRT 39), the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered the federal government to pay compensation to First Nations children, youth and families for its “willful and reckless” discriminatory practices in providing services to First Nations children and families. 

    The First Nations Child & Family Caring Society is saddened that Canada has chosen to appeal this decision in Federal Court versus accepting responsibility for its wrongdoing and undertaking every measure to stop it and prevent its recurrence. In the ruling, the “Panel [found] it [had] sufficient evidence to find that Canada’s conduct was wilful and reckless resulting in what [they] have referred to as a worst-case scenario under our Act” (p.73). This conduct has been linked to unnecessary family separations and child deaths and continues to delay justice for First Nations young people. 

    Implementing the Spirit Bear Plan to end government inequalities is essential to ensure that First Nations young people have the same opportunities to grow up safely, be healthy, get a good education and be proud of who they are. Learn more at

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  • 'A mountain of power': The impact of Cindy Blackstock

    September 20, 2019

    Listen to this episode of Unreserved with Rosanna Deerchild and Dr. Cindy Blackstock as they discuss the CHRT and Jordan's Principle. 

  • Opinion: Ottawa willfully discriminated against First Nations Children. Silence is no longer an option.

    September 11, 2019

  • "What We Heard - Informing Canada's Anti-Racism Strategy"

    July 22, 2019

    In the First Nations Session Summary report in "Informing Canada's Anti-Racism Strategy",  the Spirit Plan to end inequalities for First Nations children and families is mentioned.