NAN Continues the Fight for Fairness in Child Welfare Services

This week, Falconers LLP lawyers, Julian Falconer, Akosua Matthews and Anthony Morgan, are in Ottawa serving as counsel for Nishnawbe Aski Nation (“NAN”) during the cross-examinations of some of Canada’s main witnesses from Health Canada and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. The cross-examinations are part of the proceedings to get Canada to stop discriminating against Indigenous children in the provision of child welfare services.

Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and NAN recently held their Winter Chiefs Assembly earlier this month where First Nation leaders discussed various issues including, child welfare, infrastructure, and suicide prevention. These are among the issues to be examined in Ottawa this week.

On January 19, Grand Chief Fiddler called for a coordinated emergency response following the tragic suicides of 12-year-olds Jolynn Winter, and Chantel Fox of Wapakeka First Nation on January 8, and January 10, 2017 respectively. To address this and the ongoing and urgent suicide crisis facing NAN communities, Falconers LLP filed an amended motion to the Tribunal on January 27, 2017, that will be spoken to during the cross-examinations.

Cross-examinations end on February 8, 2017.

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