On June 10, 2015, chiefs from across Quebec and Labrador signed a Declaration on the Rights of First Nations Children. The declaration proclaims First Nations children's rights to grow up safely, be healthy, get a good education, learn their languages and be proud of their cultures.
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First Nations of Quebec and Labrador sign Declaration on Rights of First Nations Children
August 11, 2015
Aboriginal Children in Care: Report to Canada's Premiers
July 17, 2015
The Aboriginal Children in Care Working Group, made up of departmental ministers across the provinces and territories, releases its report to Canada's premiers.
Call for nominations! Peter Henderson Bryce Award for Health Professionals
July 14, 2015
Nominations for health professionals who courageously advocate for the safety, health or well- being of Inuit, Métis and First Nations children and youth are now being accepted until October 16, 2015. Click here to learn more about Peter Henderson Bryce, the Award, and past winners.
*New* Information Sheets
June 30, 2015
Click here to access information sheets on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations child welfare by the Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal.
Bracebridge students walk for equity for all students in Canada
June 16, 2015
Click here to read the article from Muskoka Metroland Media.
CHRT Decision in Retaliation Complaint Released
June 05, 2015
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) found that the federal government did retaliate against Cindy Blackstock and awards $20, 000 in damages. Dr. Blackstock will donate any funds to children's charities. Click here to read the decision.
New Caring Society Commercial
May 05, 2015
Watch the new 5 second Caring Society commercial done by Horizon Travel & Lifestyle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMcxzuLQuSk. It will be playing May/June 2015 in the Toronto subway tunnels.
Get ready for the final ruling...
March 03, 2015
Watch the lastest I am Witness vignette here. The final ruling is expected from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) in 2015. (Désolé, disponible en anglais seulement)
It's the 8th anniversary of I am Witness!
February 26, 2015
This week marks the anniversary of the first filing of the First Nations child welfare complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in 2007. The Caring Society will be releasing a vignette each week leading up to the release of the final ruling in 2015. Watch the first vignette here. (Désolé, disponible seulement en anglais)
New report on Jordan’s Principle shows flawed government implementation leads to service denials and delays
February 10, 2015
Tribunal denies Fed. request to exclude documents.
January 14, 2015
UPDATE: Complete Tribunal Video Footage now on APTN
December 16, 2014
Want to catch up on what's happened in the First Nations child welfare complaint case? Access complete video footage of the case on APTN here.
*New* Upcoming Webinars for British Columbia!
November 06, 2014
Thanks to the Vancouver Foundation, the Caring Society will be presenting four (4) webinars on "Reconciliation and Citizenship through Shannen's Dream."
The dates are:
- November 20 at 10am (PST),
- November 25 at 1pm (PST),
- November 27 at 12pm (PST), and
- December 11 at 4 pm (PST).
Canada Fails to Grasp the “Emergency” in First Nations Child Welfare: Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Finds Federal Government Non-Compliant with Relief Orders
February 01, 2018
Read the Caring Society press release.
Cindy Blackstock's Spirit Bear book written to explain human rights to youngsters
January 04, 2018
APTN reports on release of Spirit Bear book.
How a teddy bear received an honorary degree and why his work for Indigenous children still isn't done
December 12, 2017
Read the CBC article.
AFN resolution in support of the Spirit Bear Plan
December 07, 2017
The Chiefs passed a resolution in support of the Spirit Bear plan at the Special Chiefs Assembly.
Meet 'Spirit Bear': A symbol of Indigenous reconciliation
November 02, 2017
Read the CTV News article.
Re-imagining Child Welfare Systems in Canada Symposium
August 26, 2016
Event - October 21, 2016: Re-imagining Child Welfare Systems in Canada, a symposium bringing together academics, practitioners, community based organizations and those with lived experience to foster conversation, deepen analyses, and re-imagine radically difference child welfare systems.
RSVP Required at: bit.ly/osresearch
To learn about an approach to re-develop child welfare to better suit the needs of Indigenous children, based on the visions of Indigenous communities' ways of caring for children, see the Touchstones of Hope!