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  • March 9, 2011 APTN Lawyer comments on APTN appeal in Federal Court to allow cameras at the Tribunal

    March 16, 2011

  • Assembly of First Nations Disappointed and Concerned About the Welfare of First Nations Children Following Decision by Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

    March 15, 2011

  • Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Dismisses the Complaint on legal technicality - Caring Society appealing

    March 14, 2011

    TORONTO, 15 mars – Le Tribunal canadien des droits de la personne a rejeté la cause déposée en 2007 par l’Assemblée des Premières Nations et la Société de soutien à l’enfance et à la famille du Canada (SSEFPNC). La Société de soutien et l’APN alléguaient que le gouvernement fédéral, tel que représenté par le ministre des Affaires Indiennes et du Nord (AINC), discriminait les enfants des Premières Nations, sur la base de la race, en fournissant de moindres services de protection de l’enfance sur réserve.

    La décision de la présidente du Tribunal canadien des droits de la personne, Shirish Chotalia, suggère que le gouvernement fédéral peut offrir des niveaux de services différents et inéquitables aux enfants des Premières Nations, à condition de le faire de façon égale pour tous les enfants des Premières Nations vivant sur réserve. La présidente du Tribunal a noté que les services qu’offre AINC aux enfants des Premières Nations en Ontario ne peuvent être comparés aux services offerts par la province aux enfants vivant hors réserve, car il s’agit de fournisseurs de services différents et que les bénéficiaires ne sont pas les mêmes.

    « Je suis attristé par la décision du Tribunal, » a déclaré Irwin Elman, Intervenant provincial de l’Ontario en faveur des enfants et des jeunes. La Vérité et la Réconciliation ne peuvent être entamées que lorsque la discrimination systémique sera remise en question et portée à la lumière du jour. Nous avons perdu une occasion en or aujourd’hui. Les droits humains des enfants des Premières Nations ont été placés en second lieu selon le Tribunal et cela représente une perte pour nous tous qui sommes impliqués dans le travail de défense des intérêts des enfants et de leurs droits ».

    « Ici, au Canada, 8 générations d’enfants des Premières Nations se sont vus refuser le droit d’être traités de façon équitable en raison du système de pensionnats indiens et maintenant, en raison du défaut de financement d’AINC en matière de protection de l’enfance des Premières Nations. Il est inacceptable, à mon sens, à titre d’Intervenant provincial en faveur des enfants et des jeunes de l’Ontario, de permettre un système à deux vitesses d’exister entre la province et le gouvernement fédéral ».

    « Mon bureau a appuyé la campagne « Soyez un témoin » de la SSEFPN en 2009, et nous avons suivi la cause bien avant le Tribunal canadien des droits de la personne » a déclaré Irwin Elman. « Nous allons persister et continuer à être témoin, si l’APN et la SSEFPN font appel de la décision. Nous allons redoubler les efforts pour encourager les autres Canadiens et Canadiennes à faire de même. Nous allons continuer à travailler avec les enfants des Premières Nations et leurs communautés, ainsi qu’avec les autres défenseurs de leurs intérêts, pour trouver une voie qui mènera à la réconciliation et en faire une réalité dans notre province ».

  • Caring Society aims to force tribunal ruling, APTN National News

    March 02, 2011

  • Caring Society files affidavit to complete its mandamus application to Federal Court to order CHRT hearing dates

    February 28, 2011

  • APTN Investigates the First Nations Child Welfare Tribunal

    February 04, 2011

  • Upcoming Tribunal Appeal: March 7th 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and March 8th, 2011 9:30 a.m. to noon

    February 01, 2011

    Federal Court to hear APTN appeal of Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Chair Chotalia's decision to not allow broadcasting of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal hearings on First Nations child and familiy services.

    Location:
    East Room of the Supreme Court building
    301 Wellington Street
    Ottawa, ON

    Time:
    March 7th: 9:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.
    March 8th: 9:30 a.m. to noon

    Open to the Public

  • Ontario Public Schools Association Supports Shannen’s Dream

    November 16, 2010

  • Human Rights Award Helps Launch Shannen's Dream Campaign for First Nations Education Rights

    November 16, 2010

    OTTAWA, Nov. 16 /CNW/ - Children, First Nation leaders, educators and human rights activists are coming to Ottawa to honour the memory of an extraordinary First Nations young woman. Shannen Koostachin from Attawapiskat First Nation in Ontario was just 15 years old when she died in a tragic car accident this past spring. In her short life, she put the issue of the systemic under-funding of First Nation schools and education on the national agenda. To celebrate the life of this extraordinary young woman the Canadian Coalition on the Rights of the Child will make a special award presentation in recognition of her extraordinary work advancing the education rights of children at a ceremony at Elgin Street Public School on November 17, 2010.

    Shannen had never seen a real school. Children in Attawapiskat were being educated in rundown standalone portable trailers set on a toxic brownfield and next to an active airstrip. Shannen was only 13 years old when she led a group of students from her isolated James Bay community to Ottawa to ask the federal government why they had broken promise after promise to build the children a proper school. She also invited thousands of non-Aboriginal children to write letters to the federal government to demand proper schools and equitable education for all First Nations children. Thousands of non-Aboriginal children answered the call. Shannen's campaign helped inspire one of the largest child-driven, child's rights movement in Canadian history. At the age of 14 she was one of only 45 children in the world nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize awarded by the Nobel Laureates. As Charlie Angus, Member of Parliament explains "Shannen inspired non-Aboriginal children across Canada to stand up for the rights of Aboriginal children. This young woman had moxy and determination. She made other children believe that if they stood up they too could make a difference." Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society adds "All she wanted is the same opportunity to learn as other children - that is not too much to ask."

    Shannen never lived to see her dream of a proper school in Attawapiskat nor did she see other children on reserves get equitable education funding. Inspired by her vision, First Nations leaders, educators, labour and human rights groups have joined Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children and youth to launch the Shannen's Dream campaign. The campaign calls on the federal government to close the gap in funding for on reserve schools and education so First Nations children have the same opportunity to learn as non-Aboriginal children in off reserve schools.

    For further information:
    www.shannensdream.ca Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, 613 853 8440

  • November 17, 2010 Official Launch of Shannen’s Dream of proper schools and equitable education

    November 16, 2010

    News Conference: 10:00 a.m. Charles Lynch Room, Center Block, Parliament

    Shannen’s Dream school launch: First Nations youth and leaders invite non-Aboriginal students to support Shannen’s Dream. Shannen’s parents to accept Canadian Coalition on the Rights of the Child award on Shannen’s behalf at Elgin Street Public School at 1:30-2:30

  • Read the 2008 Canadian Incidence Study on Reported Child Abuse and Neglect

    November 15, 2010

  • Support November 19 - World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse ©

    November 15, 2010

    Appuyez 19 novembre - Journée Mondiale pour la prévention des abus envers les enfants© Cliquez ici pour une activité virtuelle de la Société de Soutien.

  • Stikeman Elliott LLP wins prestigious legal award for work on F.N. Child Welfare Tribunal

    October 05, 2010

    Stikeman Elliott LLP lawyers Nicholas McHaffie, Melissa Hogg, and Sarah Clarke received the Platinum Zenith Award from L'Expert Magazine on Tuesday evening for their work on federal court matters relating to the First Nations Child Welfare Tribunal. Warmest Congratulations to Stikeman Elliott LLP. See the October 2010 edition of L'Expert Magazine for more details.

  • Motion 571 to support Shannen’s Dream is introduced in the House of Commons

    September 16, 2010

  • Videos on the importance of the tribunal

    September 04, 2010

    Is this Our Canada?: Cindy Blackstock reflects on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations child welfare

    Caring enough to watch over First Nations children: Voices of young people making a difference

    It is About Our Children: Reflections of First Nations leaders and child and family service agency directors

  • UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues calls for report on First Nations child welfare CHRT

    July 25, 2010

  • Mise à jour sur le Tribunal canadien des droits de la personne sur la protection de l’enfance des Premières Nations

    July 14, 2010

  • Bamoseda radio program interviews Cindy Blackstock on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal hearings on June 2, 3, 2010

    June 25, 2010

  • CBC program the Current covers Native Child Welfare Tribunal on June 16, 2010

    June 22, 2010

  • Three Strikes and Hopefully Canada is out as it tries to escape accountability for racial discrimination against First Nations children

    June 04, 2010

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