I am a Witness: Tribunal Timeline and Documents

The timeline below chronicles the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal case on inequitable funding for First Nations child welfare, which the Tribunal ruled amounts to discrimination.  

View the pre-Tribunal timeline for a history of First Nations child and family services funding leading up the case. 

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May 24, 2022

The Federal Court of Appeal orders that Canada's appeal of the Federal Court's decision upholding the decision of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to compensate First Nations victims of Canada's discrimination (2019 CHRT 39) will continue to be held in abeyance until the earliest of September 30, 2022 and the date 15 days following the release of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s decision on the approval motion.

March 24, 2022

The Tribunal orders Canada to fund at actual cost post-majority care to youth ageing out of care and young adults who were formerly in care up to and including age 25 and assess the resources required to extend Jordan's Principle supports to young adults past the age of majority. 

January 18, 2022

The Tribunal issues an amendment to 2021 CHRT 41 based on the consent of the Parties. 

January 4, 2022

"There is an unquestionable need for actionable change. This Agreement-in-Principle, while an important first step, is a non-binding agreement. A pre-agreement that simply lays out a pathway to a binding agreement to address Canada’s longstanding discrimination in First Nations child welfare and inequitable public services via Jordan’s Principle. It is only when that binding agreement has been written and signed by the Government of Canada and acted upon with great haste that First Nations children, youth and families will have a measure of assurance that actionable change is coming."


November 16, 2021

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal releases ruling providing detailed reasonings following the August 26, 2021 Letter-Decision confirming that funding of buildings and additional capital assets that support the delivery of FNCFS and Jordan's Principle programs and prevention services must be provided to FNCFS agencies, including small agencies and First Nations. The Tribunal also provided further reasonings regarding its ruling that the Tribunal’s orders are to be read harmoniously with the Financial Administration Act and, in the event of conflict, the orders have primacy

November 3, 2021

The Caring Society files a Notice of Appearance with the Federal Court of Appeal in response to Canada's decision to appeal the Federal Court's September 29th, 2021 decision on the Compensation Order (2019 CHRT 39). 

October 29, 2021

Canada filed an appeal of the September 29th, 2021 Federal Court decision to uphold the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal's order on compensation, 2019 CHRT 39. Canada also requested an abeyance from the Federal Court and asks for scheduled Case Management Conferencing to negotiate with the parties. 

September 30, 2021

On September 30, 2021, the Assembly of First Nations submitted notice of appearance and notice of consent to e-service to the Federal Court in regards to Canada's Request for Judicial Review of the August 26, 2021 Capital letter-decision. 

September 29, 2021

On September 29th, 2021, Justice Favel of the Federal Court issued a decision on two cases of judicial review put forward by Canada in regards to orders made by the CHRT.