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  • Federal Court overturns Tribunal decision to dismiss First Nations child welfare case

    April 18, 2012

    La Cour fédérale met de côté la décision de rejet de la cause en matière de protection de l'enfance des Premières Nations par la présidente Chotalia et soumet l'affaire au Tribunal canadien des droits de la personne pour une nouvelle audience

    Lisez les motifs du jugement

    Lire le sommaire du jugement (Désolé, disponible seulement en anglais)

  • The Canadian Human Rights Commission releases its Annual Report for 2011

    March 30, 2012

    The report describes the work of the Commission and highlights important changes to the Canadian Human Rights Act that took effect in 2011. Most significantly, the Commission is now able to receive discrimination complaints against First Nations governments on matters under the Indian Act.

    Read the report.

  • Just released: UN reports on Canada's compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

    March 16, 2012

    Le 8 mars 2012, le Comité des Nations Unies pour l’élimination de la discrimination raciale a publié ses observations finales sur le rapport périodique du Canada. Les États signataires doivent soumettre des rapports réguliers au Comité sur la façon dont la Convention est mise en œuvre. Pour lire.

    (Désolé, disponible seulement en anglais)

  • UPDATE: Judicial review (appeal) of human rights complaint heard in Federal Court February 13-15th, decision pending

    March 08, 2012

    L’appel en droits de la personne concernant la plainte déposée par la Société de soutien et l’Assemblée des Premières Nations a été entendu du 13 au 15 février 2012 en Cour fédérale à Ottawa. La plainte, déposée en 2007, allègue que le gouvernement fédéral fait preuve de discrimination à l’égard des enfants des Premières Nations car les services sur réserve ne sont pas équitables ni respectueux de la culture. La plainte a été rejetée par le Tribunal des droits de la personne en mars 2011 en raison d’une technicalité juridique. La Société de soutien, l’Assemblée des Premières Nations et la Commission canadienne des droits de la personne ont fait appel de cette décision en s’adressant à la Cour fédérale.

    La cause a été entendue par le juge Mactavish, qui a promis de rendre sa décision le plus tôt possible. La Société de soutien anticipe que la décision sera publiée au début du printemps.

  • Private Member's Motion supporting Shannen's Dream Adopted in House of Commons

    February 27, 2012

  • Briefing Note: Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations Child Welfare

    February 21, 2012

  • Riva Farrell-Racette composed and recorded the song "Witness" for the I am a witness campaign

    February 11, 2012

    Pour l'écouter:

    Riva Farrell-Racette chante "Témoin" avec des enfants lors de la journée Ayez un cœur le 14 février 2012 - regardez ici!

  • Summary of the positions of the parties to the judicial review (Appeal) of Canadian Human Rights Chair Chotalia’s decision to dismiss the First Nations child welfare case

    January 23, 2012

  • Just released: KisKisik Awasisak: Remember the Children

    November 15, 2011

  • Aboriginal Affairs department spies on children's advocate

    November 15, 2011

  • Honouring The Children: Shadow report to United Nations

    October 24, 2011

    KAIROS and Caring Society call on UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to end inequalities for First Nations children, youth and families. 

  • KAIROS and Caring Society call on UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to end inequalities for First Nations children, youth and families

    October 24, 2011

  • Briefing Note on First Nations Child Welfare Tribunal (August 2011)

    September 10, 2011

  • Canadian Human Rights Complaint: Equity for First Nations

    August 17, 2011

  • The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation file a Special Education Human Rights Case

    July 27, 2011

  • Caring Society thrilled with Federal Court decision to overturn Tribunal Chair Chotalia's decision to not allow broadcasting of the First Nations child welfare tribunal.

    July 05, 2011

  • If we don’t stand in the way, we can help native youth

    July 04, 2011

  • National Aboriginal Day - June 21 - A UFCW Canada Human Rights Department Release

    June 21, 2011

    On September 13, 2007, eleven years after declaring June 21 as National Aboriginal Day, Canada voted against the adoption of the United Nations (UN) Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

    This was a shameful stance for Canada; even more so, considering Canada was then a member of the UN Human Rights Council. Our government was fully aware that Article 21 of the Declaration identified the right of indigenous peoples, without discrimination, to the improvement of their economic and social conditions — including, among other things, the areas of education, employment, vocational training and retraining, housing, sanitation, health and social security.

    To add insult to injury, Prime Minister Harper apologized in 2008 about the damaging impact of the Indian residential schools on the indigenous culture, heritage and language, yet remained indifferent on his government's position about UNDRIP. And even after the Harper government endorsed the declaration in 2010, the principles and articles set out in the UN Declaration have not yet been turned into tangible measures.

    So in Canada the implementation of UNDRIP remains spiritless and discriminatory.

    To download the Reconciliation is… poster series, please click here

    As Canada’s most progressive and largest private sector union, UFCW Canada believes that genuine reconciliation between Canada and indigenous communities can only begin to happen through effective implementation of UNDRIP.

    UFCW Canada has taken steps to this end by partnering with First Nations Children and Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFCS), a national organization that promotes the holistic approach to respecting and nurturing First Nations children, families, and communities. In 2007, FNCFCS and the Assembly of First Nations filed a human rights complaint against the Government of Canada, alleging that the government’s failure to provide equitable and culturally-based services to First Nations children on reserves amounted to discrimination on the basis of race and national ethnic origin. The case continues before the courts. This historic case is also backed by the Canadian Human Rights Commission and marks the first time in history that Canada could be held accountable for its current treatment of First Nations children.

    As part of UFCW Canada’s national campaign, we have created a Reconciliation is… poster series. These five posters, available for download here, lay out a few simple ways in which we can support the work of the FNCFCS and raise the profile of the essential initiatives it is involved in like Jordan’s Principle, Shannen’s Dream, I am a Witness, and Touchstones of Hope.

    UFCW Canada has also been invited to support the important work of KAIROS Canada, with other community allies from across the country, in its Roll with the Declaration initiative — a cross-Canada campaign that concludes with a day of action on Parliament Hill to tell the Harper government that UNDRIP must be put into action. On June 20, UFCW Canada added its banner to the banners of dozens of other community organizations to create an enormous unified banner and marched alongside KAIROS Canada, FNCFCS, and hundreds of supporters to Parliament Hill.

    As social justice activists, we must not allow the Harper Conservative government to use June 21st for its own purposes. Rather, let us celebrate the vast accomplishments of First Nations communities, and join together with our First Nations sisters and brothers in their ongoing fight for respect, dignity and equity for Canada's First Nations peoples. On National Aboriginal Day, let us reflect on the historic injustices committed to indigenous peoples and vow to find meaningful ways to advance reconciliation and to correct past mistakes.

    In solidarity,
    Wayne Hanley
    National President

  • Auditor General Comments on First Nations child and family and education

    June 21, 2011