Tribunal Timeline and Documents

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  • December 23, 2010

    Attorney General's reply to Caring Society submissions on Nil'tou case.
    Nil Tu O Reply

    Reply Authorities

  • December 17, 2010
  • December 10, 2010
  • December 9, 2010

    Attorney General (AG) relies on Niltu'o/ BCGEU labour case to bolster its claims case. Read the AG submission

  • December 8, 2010

    National Chief Shawn Atleo and Cindy Blackstock appear before the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development for study on First Nations child and family services. Read the transcript
    Read the Caring Society written submission
     

  • December 6, 2010

    Auditor General of Canada and Auditor General of British Columbia appear before the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development for study on First Nations child and family services. Read the transcript

  • December 3, 2010

    Tribunal guideline for releasing rulings passes on motion to dismiss. Not clear when ruling will be made given new submissions.

  • December 1, 2010
  • November 24, 2010

    Minister of Indian Affairs and senior INAC staff appear before the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development for study on First Nations child and family services. Read the transcript

  • November 11, 2010

    Supreme Court issues ruling on Niltu'o/BCGEU labour relations case that is later used by Attorney General to bolster its case to dismiss. Read the case here

  • October 2010
  • October 2010
  • June 4, 2010
  • June 2, 3, 2010

    Tribunal hears Canada's motion to dismiss the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on the "funding is not a service" and comparator technicalities. Read the reflections of youth witnesses here

  • May 28, 2010

    Tribunal Chair Shirish Chotalia rules against APTN motion to broadcast the tribunal hearings. The Caring Society and AFN supported APTN's application as this case affects children, families and communities across Canada and they have a right to watch matters affecting them.
    Read the Tribunal order

  • May 14, 2010
  • March 30, 2010

    Federal Court Justice O'Reilly upholds the November 2009 Federal Court decision to stay Canada's application to dismiss the tribunal on the "funding is not a service" issue until after the tribunal is over. Canada does not appeal.
    Read the Federal Court Orders

  • March 29, 2010

    Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Chair Shirish Chotalia hears Aboriginal Peoples Television Network’s motion to broadcast the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. All parties except Canada are in favor of the tribunal being televised. Canada suggests that it’s witnesses, who are almost exclusively public servants, are concerned that their testimony might damage their relationships with First Nations. Canada also notes it is having a hard time getting witnesses to testify on their behalf and worry that televising the proceedings would make it even harder.
    Caring society files 17 affidavits by First Nations Elders, leaders, youth and parents who want the proceedings televised so they can follow the case.

  • March 24, 2010

    Canada’s appeal of Prothonotary Aronovitch’s decision to stay their application to dismiss the tribunal until after the tribunal is over is heard before Justice O’Reilly in Federal Court

  • March 3, 2010

    Elsie Flette, CEO of the Southern First Nations Network of Care Authority, is cross examined in public by Canada on her affidavit filed in opposition to Canada’s application to derail the tribunal on the “funding is not a service” argument.
    Read the transcript

  • February 26, 2010

    Canada’s top official on First Nations child welfare is cross examined by the Caring Society on her affidavit filed in support of Canada’s application to derail the tribunal on the “funding is not a service” argument. Canada’s lawyers refuse to have their witness testify in public as the public might distract her from her answers.
    Read the transcript
    Read the motion to dismiss

  • February 25, 2010

    Tom Goff, consultant, is cross examined in public by Canada on his affidavit opposing Canada’s application at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to derail the tribunal on the “funding is not a service” argument.
    Read the transcript

  • February 23, 2010

    Caring Society Executive Director, Cindy Blackstock, PhD, is cross examined in public by Canada on her affidavit opposing Canada’s application at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to derail the tribunal on the “funding is not a service” argument. Students from Elizabeth Wyn Wood Secondary along with other members of the public come to watch.
    Read the transcript

  • February 18, 2010

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2008

  • October 2008

    Canadian government appeals decision by the CHRC to refer the matter to the tribunal on the basis that it funds child welfare and others provide the service. Only services are protected under the Canadian Human Rights Act and thus, the government believes, they should be exempt from this discrimination claim.

  • September 30, 2008

    Canadian Human Rights Commission refers the complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. CHRC believes the case is so important to the public interest that it will argue the case in favour of First Nations children’s equity at the Tribunal.

  • May, 2008

    Auditor General of Canada releases her report confirming that Canada’s funding arrangements for First Nations child and family services are inequitable.

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