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  • The Tribunal hearings resume on January 19, 2010 on the 11th floor of 160 Elgin Street, Ottawa to discuss a number of important procedural items including:

    December 31, 2009

    1. An application by the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network to televise the tribunal. AFN, Caring society, Amnesty International, Chiefs of Ontario, Canadian Human Rights Commission are in favour and the Canadian Government is opposed to APTN covering the proceedings.

    2. An application by Canada to dismiss the complaint. AFN, Caring society, Amnesty International, Chiefs of Ontario, Canadian Human Rights Commission are opposed.

    Canada will also be disclosing its final witness list and expert witnesses on January 12, 2010. Although AFN and the Caring Society have disclosed our lay and expert witness lists along with detailed will say documents describing what each witness will testify to, Canada has only provided a list of “potential witnesses” and has not provided detailed summaries of what these witnesses will speak to. In addition Canada has failed to produce the name of even one expert witness willing to testify in favour of the government’s claims that it funds equitably and in ways that support culturally appropriate practice. At a case conference held with the tribunal chair in December of 2009, legal counsel for Canada indicated that they will call the firm KPMG as an expert witness but no information has been provided to assess the qualification of KPMG as an expert or on the evidence KPMG will rely on.

    The Caring society is very concerned that a full hearing of this case on its substantial merits has not taken place even though the former tribunal chair ordered that these hearings begin on November 16, 2009. Unnecessary procedural delays are harmful to First Nations children and it is in the joint interests of Canadians and First Nations to determine if discrimination is occurring against thousands of vulnerable children and their families.

  • FNCFCS welcomes federal court ruling on First Nations child welfare tribunal

    November 28, 2009

    The federal court has decided not to hear Canada's application to stop the tribunal until after the tribunal has been completed. This decision allows for the tribunal to continue which is what we were hoping for. Canada has 10 days to file an appeal.

  • Read the research on First Nations child welfare funding

    November 15, 2009

  • Effective November 2, 2009, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice, appointed Shirish P. Chotalia as Chair of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

    November 10, 2009

    Deux jours après la nomination de la nouvelle présidente, nous avons reçu un avis de cette dernière indiquant que les dates d’audience qui devaient débuter le 16 novembre 2009 seraient peut-être remises à plus tard. Le 6 novembre 2009, le président a informé les parties qu’elle reportait la première semaine d’audience des preuves qui devait débuter à Ottawa le 16 novembre 2009.

    Cette décision a été prise de façon unilatérale sans aucune consultation de la Société de soutien à l’enfance et à la famille des Premières Nations du Canada. Cette plainte a été déposée il y a plus de deux ans et les préparatifs pour les audiences étaient en cours depuis un certain temps et toutes les parties étaient prêtes à procéder au Tribunal le 16 novembre 2009. Cette décision nous a littéralement pris par surprise et nous travaillons maintenant avec nos avocats pour tenter de comprendre pourquoi la présidente du Tribunal a pris cette décision. Nous comprenons les effets que l’inégalité a sur les enfants et les familles des Premières Nations et nous travaillerons pour qu’une audience publique complète du tribunal ait lieu le plus vite possible sur cet enjeu important.

  • Opening Statement at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations child welfare

    October 31, 2009

    Opening Statement at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations child welfare made by Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada made on September 14, 2009

  • Caring Across Boundaries Photography Exhibit opens in Toronto on November 23, 2009 through to November 27, 2009

    October 31, 2009

  • The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada would like to express our heartfelt appreciation

    October 30, 2009

    The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to Southeast CFS, Southern First Nations Network of Caring, Animikii Ozoson Child and Family Services, Anishinaabe Child and Family Services, Intertribal Child an Family Services, Sandy Bay Child and Family Services, Sagkeeng Child and Family Services, Peguis Child and Family Services, Dakota Ojibway Child and Family Services, West Region Child and Family Services, and the All Nations Coordinated Response Network for hosting the second annual gala for the Caring Society on October 28, 2009 in Winnipeg. We are so uplifted by the support of First Nations child and family service agencies and we are truly honored to work with all of you. Thank you!

  • The historic human rights tribunal on First Nations child welfare began today

    September 14, 2009

    Amnesty International and the Chiefs of Ontario were both granted intervenor status in this important matter and the tribunal chair adjourned the matter until November 16, 2009 when witness testimony will begin to be entered on the record. Thanks to all the people from across Canada who attended the tribunal in person today and the many others who followed it in the media.

    Keep watching and please do encourage others in your circle to join the growing list of witnesses at http://www.fncaringsociety.com/i-am-witness

    Click here to learn more about Canadian Human Rights Tribunal process

  • Honourable Member of Parliament, Jean Crowder (NDP) tables private members motion in support of Jordan’s Principle

    May 18, 2007

  • FNCFCS submits Human Rights Complaint on Inequitable Child Welfare Funding

    February 23, 2007

    La Société de soutien à l'enfance et à la famille des Premières Nations est fière de travailler de concert avec l'Assemblée des Premières Nations pour le dépôt d'une plainte qui vise à corriger le sous-financement des agences de services à l'enfance et à la famille des Premières Nations. En effet, les iniquités financières contribuent à un nombre de plus en plus grandissant d'enfants qui font l'objet de mesures de placement. Le document suivant présente le sommaire des notes d'allocution de Cindy Blackstock, directrice générale de la Société de soutien à l'enfance et à la famille des Premières Nations du Canada, lors de la conférence de presse qui a eu lieu le 23 février 2007. SVP veuillez visiter le site Internet www.afn.ca pour consulter le communiqué de presse publié à cet effet.

    Conférence de presse sur le dépôt d'une plainte pour atteinte aux droits de l’homme
    Cindy Blackstock, Speaking Notes
    Ottawa, ON., February 23, 2007

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