Tribunal Issues Significant Decision in First Nations Child Welfare

Today, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (“the Tribunal”) issued a significant decision regarding First Nations child welfare. This decision contains a series of groundbreaking orders against Canada, requiring Canada to fund the actual cost of child welfare services going forward, and retroactive to the Tribunal’s original finding of discrimination, made on January 26, 2016. Nishnawbe Aski Nation (“NAN”) is a party to these proceedings, since its intervention was granted in May 2016. Today, NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler welcomed the Tribunal’s ruling. “Canada’s attempted justification for its inaction in the wake of a 2016 finding of discrimination by the Human Rights Tribunal has been flatly rejected as the Panel recognized that Canada’s ‘business as usual’ approach was a conscious choice to perpetuate discrimination. This is a huge win for our children,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler during an assembly of NAN Chiefs in Thunder Bay this week. “The Tribunal has broken new ground in raising the bar for how Canada addresses its landmark judgement in 2016. The good news is that Canada is responding to this challenge and is working in collaboration with NAN, the Caring Society, COO and the Assembly of First Nations and others to develop solutions.” Deputy … Continue reading Tribunal Issues Significant Decision in First Nations Child Welfare