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.
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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.
Watch the Tribunal ruling announcement live, January 26 at 1 pm
January 25, 2016
On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal will release its ruling on the First Nations child welfare discrimination case. The Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations will hold a press conference at 1 pm. Watch it live: livestream.com/afn/iamawitness.
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.
Care for Aboriginal kids in B.C. under-resourced and lacking in cultural competence, according to BCGEU report
October 08, 2015
A new report by the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union shows that care for Aboriginal children is under-resourced and culturally inappropriate.
This election, call on your leaders to do right by First Nations kids
September 30, 2015
Read the Caring Society's guest post on the Canadian Paediatric Society blog.
Remembering and celebrating Dr. Peter H. Bryce
August 19, 2015
On August 16, the Caring Society, Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Marie Wilson, members of the Bryce family and other friends and supporters gathered at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Peter H. Bryce.
The Ottawa Citizen previewed the event in this article.
And in this video, APTN National News speaks with Dr. Peter Bryce's grandson, Andy Bryce and Caring Society Executive Director Dr. Cindy Blackstock.