For your consideration! This proposal for a First Nations Child and Family Caring Act for was presented by Sébastien Grammond at Osgoode Hall Law School’s Re-Imagining Child Welfare symposium on 21 October 2016. A more complete discussion of the proposal will appear in the Journal of Law and Social Policy.
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Discussion Paper: Proposal for a First Nations Child and Family Caring Act
November 01, 2016
URGENT: Express your support for the House of Commons Motion to ensure CHRT Compliance
October 28, 2016
Dear Colleagues, Friends and Supporters:
As you know, the NDP has tabled a motion in the House of Commons to support the full and proper implementation of Jordan's Principle and the Tribunal decisions on child welfare. Please take action and express your support and encourage others in your circle to do so as well. The vote is on Tuesday night (November 1st) and we want to make sure as many people as possible are there supporting the kids ensuring that their member of Parliament votes in favour of the motion.
Here is the link to express your support for the motion and please feel free to share the link in your networks: www.ndp.ca/first-nations-children
The Liberals also announced a new consultation strategy today with the appointment of Cynthia Wesley-Esquimault and we have also heard INAC is willing to offer agencies funds to send agency data into INAC. These two initiatives were done without consultation with the Caring Society and to our knowledge without consultation with the AFN either. The Caring Society is standing by the consultation process of the National Advisory Committee/Regional Tables with links to each First Nations community and agency. INAC is currently not willing to provide NAC with the information it will need to do the work insisting that NAC only have access to publicly available information. They are also suggesting that there be only three FN reps on NAC versus the practice we are proposing (and has been used in the previous two reviews successfully) of one per region.
We need to ensure: 1) Compliance with the orders 2) full implementation of Jordan's Principle across all public services and all children without any delays related to the child's First Nations status and 3) INAC engages with First Nations and CFS agencies as well as the parties to the CHRT to ensure NAC is established and has the resources and support it needs to be successful and in the full spirit of UNDRIP.
You can watch the vote on CPAC on Tuesday!
Manitoba Legislature passes a motion calling on Canada to comply with the CHRT decisions and implement Jordan's Principle
October 26, 2016
Click below for full text of the motion and debate.
One year later, Liberals still discriminate against First Nations children
October 18, 2016
In this Ottawa Citizen editorial, Cindy Blackstock writes about the new government's lack of immediate action to help First Nations kids.
Good News for the Kids: Canadian Human Rights Tribunal issues a Second Compliance Order Against the Government of Canada on the First Nations child welfare case
September 15, 2016
In a decision released September 15, 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (“Tribunal”) found that the Canadian Government (INAC) has not demonstrated compliance with the Tribunal’s January 26, 2016 order finding Canada racially discriminates against over 163,000 First Nations children by providing flawed and inequitable child welfare services and failing to properly implement Jordan’s Principle. Read the compliance order here.
Trailer - We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice
August 29, 2016
Watch the trailer for Alanis Obomsawin's new film about the case on First Nations child welfare, We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice.
The film will be shown at the Calgary International Film Festival, Atlantic Film Festival and TIFF.
Two special reports look at Aboriginal child welfare in Alberta
July 19, 2016
In a special report, the Office the Child and Youth Advocate of Alberta investigates this history and state of Aboriginal child welfare in the province, and provides recommendations to better support Aboriginal children and families. Read the report: "Voices for Change: Aboriginal Child Welfare in Alberta."
In sync with the release of the OCYA report, the Auditor General of Alberta released a report titled "Human Services - Systems to Deliver Child and Family Services to Indigenous Children in Alberta."
Canada commits up to $382M to implement Jordan's Principle
July 06, 2016
In an unexpected announcement on July 5, Health Minister Jane Philpott and Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett committed up to $382 million to address the disparity in health services for First Nations children living on reserve. Read more on CBC News.
Canada ranks 72nd in worldwide ranking of how well countries care for kids proportionate to their wealth
June 13, 2016
Canada ranks 72 on the 2016 KidsRights Index, a worldwide ranking of how countries adhere to and are equipped to improve children’s rights. Canada scored particularly low in the domain Enabling Environment for Child Rights, which considers factors like non-discrimination, enabling legislation, best available budget, and respect for the view of the child, among others. Learn more at kidsrightsindex.org.
Youth share their perspectives on leaving home for school in Thunder Bay
April 11, 2016
During February and March of 2016, the Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council of the Chiefs of Ontario conducted a survey in support of the Inquest into the deaths of seven youths in Thunder Bay. The goal of the survey was to learn from the personal experiences of First Nations youth, especially youth that have had to go to school off reserve. More than 100 young people completed the survey. Read what they had to say: Thunder Bay Inquest: Youth Voices Survey.
Funding for First Nations child and family services falls far short of what's needed to remedy inequities
March 23, 2016
Funding allocations for First Nations child and family services in the 2016 federal budget fall far short of what's needed to implement the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision and remedy inequities. Parties to the child welfare human rights case will submit replies to recommended immediate relief remedies by March 31, 2016. For further details are available in this information sheet.
First Nations students get 30 per cent less funding than other children, economist says (CBC News)
March 14, 2016
First Nations students get 30 per cent less funding than other children, says former chief economist with TD Bank. Don Drummond counters Indigenous Affairs' claim that funding gap cannot be measured. Read the article on CBC News.
Federal government confirms it will not appeal CHRT ruling
February 22, 2016
As reported on CBC News, the federal government will not appeal the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling which found it discriminated against First Nations children by inequitably funding for child welfare services on reserves.
Students call on the Prime Minister to have a heart for First Nations children (audio)
February 17, 2016
On Wednesday, February 10, more than 600 children and young people from across the National Capital Region and beyond gathered on Parliament to celebrate love and fairness for First Nations children.
The students read letters, and shared songs and poems calling on the Prime Minister and all Canadians to have a heart for First Nations kids and give them the childhood they deserve.
Listen to their messages in this audio clip recorded and produced by journalist Michelle Bartleman.
Mansbridge One on One: Cindy Blackstock (CBC Video)
February 14, 2016
In this episode of Mansbridge One on One, Peter Mansbridge sits down with Cindy Blackstock to discuss her work advocating for the equal treatment and funding for Aboriginal and First Nations children (CBC).
Kids win! CHRT rules Canadian government is racially discriminating against First Nations children
January 26, 2016
In a landmark ruling, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal finds the Canadian government is racially discriminating against 163,000 First Nations children. Read the ruling, information sheets that describe the case and its implications, and the press release here.
Tribunal decision update
December 01, 2015
Tribunal decision update on the occasion of the tragic passing of Tribunal member Bélanger.
In memory of Tribunal Member Bélanger. We are forever grateful to you for your service.
"Remembering Shannen Koostachin and the forgotten generation of Indigenous children" on The Current (CBC)
November 30, 2015
Shannen Koostachin remains an important role model for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children and young people who continue to carry her dream for safe and comfy schools for all First Nations children in Canada. On November 27, 2015, Charlie Angus talked about his new book about Shannen and indigenous education on CBC's The Current. Listen here.
Cindy Blackstock calls on Justin Trudeau to put an end to inequalities for First Nations children
November 05, 2015
Caring Society executive director Cindy Blackstock calls on newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to put an end to inequalities for First Nations children, in a letter dated October 20, 2015.