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  • Tribunal denies Fed. request to exclude documents.

    January 14, 2015

  • I am Witness

    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). 

     

    Click the 'Invitation Poster' for information on how to register. Contact bmartell@fncaringsociety.com if you have further questions. 

     

  • 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

  • CTV News - Tribunal again tells feds to fund Indigenous child welfare, minister agrees

    February 01, 2018

  • 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

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

    April 01, 2016

    Read the CBC article about Peter Henderson Bryce.

  • 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

  • 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. 

  • "Advocates await First Nations welfare ruling" (Canadian Press)

    January 25, 2016

    In 2007, the Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations filed a human rights complaint against the federal government alleging that inequitable funding for child welfare on reserves amounts to discrimination on the basis of racial origin. The complaint was eventually presented to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Hearings began in February 2013 and came to a close in October 2014. On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, nine years after the complaint was filed, the Tribunal will finally release its ruling. 

    In this story for the Canadian Press, reporter Kristy Kirkup talks to Caring Society executive director Cindy Blackstock about her experience of the case, and what was kept her going all these years. 

     

  • MMIW inquiry must examine the child-welfare system

    December 02, 2015

    Cindy Blackstock writes in the Globe and Mail about why an inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women ought to include an examination of how structural inequities in child welfare put First Nations girls & women at greater risk for disadvantage and violence. Read the article here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/a-mmiw-inquiry-must-examine-the-child-welfare-system/article27549551/

  • Eber Hampton and Keavy Martin

    Follow-up blog: Reconciliation in Post-Secondary education

    November 04, 2015

    Following our October 14 "Reconciliation in post-secondary" event at the University of Alberta, Keavy Martin posted a blog responding to the event and calling for changes at the university: http://blog.ualberta.ca/2015/11/a-consider-this-opinion-piece-on-being.html

  • Reconciliation in post-secondary - packed room

    Now Available: Live-Stream of "Reconciliation in Post-Secondary: Implementing the TRC Recommendations" public lecture

    October 15, 2015

    On October 14, 2015, FNCARES co-hosted the public lecture "Reconciliaion in Post-Secondary: Implementing the TRC Recommendations" at the University of Alberta. Speakers were Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Charlene Bearhead and Dr. Eber Hampton, and Dr. Keavy Martin chaired the event. The lecture hall was filled, and more joined us via the Live Stream, which is now available to everyone here: https://connect.srv.ualberta.ca/p46arglwcv1/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal. In her blog preceding the event, Cindy Blackstock states that, "[t]o meaningfully engage in reconciliation, universities must look beyond recruitment of Aboriginal faculty and students and the development of Aboriginal programs towards acknowledgement of the historic and contemporary colonial bones of the university itself." Read the entire blog here: http://blog.ualberta.ca/2015/10/a-consider-this-opinion-piece.html.

  • Recognition, finally, for doctor who sounded alarm on residential schools a century ago

    August 20, 2015

    Read the APTN article on Peter Henderson Bryce.

  • Beechwood ceremony to honour medical officer's tenacity

    August 14, 2015

    Read the Ottawa Citizen article about Peter Henderson Bryce.

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