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  • Toronto Star editorial: On indigenous child welfare, the Liberals’ symbols are souring

    November 06, 2016

    An important editorial by the Toronto Star on the House of Commons Motion on First Nations child welfare and Jordan's Principle. Read it, share it and learn more about the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings and court documents at: www.fnwitness.ca

  • Discussion Paper: Proposal for a First Nations Child and Family Caring Act

    November 01, 2016

    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.

  • 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.  

  • Students and teachers talk about integrating Indigenous courses in curriculum

    September 26, 2016

    In this CTV News video, students and teachers talk about integrating Indigenous courses into the curriculum. 

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Residential school doc tells story of how early whistleblower was ignored

    April 01, 2016

    Read the CBC article about Peter Henderson Bryce.

  • 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. 

  • Public Talk: The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations child welfare

    February 22, 2016

    FNCARES and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Week at the University of Alberta Present

     

    Dr. Cindy Blackstock on The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations child welfare

    Date: March 15, 2016,

    Time: 8:30-10:00 a.m.

    Location: 4th Floor Lounge, Education North Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton

     

    In 2007, Dr. Cindy Blackstock and the Assembly of First Nations filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal alleging that Canada discriminates against First Nations children on the basis of race and/or national or ethnic origin by providing inequitable and insufficient funding for child and family services on reserves. In January 2016, the Tribunal ruled in favour of the complainants, ordering the government to cease discriminatory practices against 163,000 affected children and take measures to redress and prevent further discrimination. In this talk, Dr. Blackstock will discuss the Tribunal's findings, the remedies ordered, and what this means for First Nations children's rights in Canada moving forward.

     

    Click here to register for the talk 

     

     

    For more information about the case:

    https://fncaringsociety.com/i-am-witness

    To read the ruling:

    http://decisions.chrt-tcdp.gc.ca/chrt-tcdp/decisions/en/item/127700/index.do    

     

  • Public Talk: The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations child welfare

    February 22, 2016

    FNCARES and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Week at the University of Alberta Present

     

    Dr. Cindy Blackstock on The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations child welfare

    Date: March 15, 2016,

    Time: 8:30-10:00 a.m.

    Location: 4th Floor Lounge, Education North Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton

     

    In 2007, Dr. Cindy Blackstock and the Assembly of First Nations filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal alleging that Canada discriminates against First Nations children on the basis of race and/or national or ethnic origin by providing inequitable and insufficient funding for child and family services on reserves. In January 2016, the Tribunal ruled in favour of the complainants, ordering the government to cease discriminatory practices against 163,000 affected children and take measures to redress and prevent further discrimination. In this talk, Dr. Blackstock will discuss the Tribunal's findings, the remedies ordered, and what this means for First Nations children's rights in Canada moving forward.

     

    Click here to register for the talk 

     

     

    For more information about the case:

    https://fncaringsociety.com/i-am-witness

    To read the ruling:

    http://decisions.chrt-tcdp.gc.ca/chrt-tcdp/decisions/en/item/127700/index.do

  • 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

     

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