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Lack of transparency, accountability to First Nations children furthers denial and discrimination – Merritt Herald

by ahnationtalk on December 5, 201926 Views

December 4, 2019

Union of BC Indian Chiefs

The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) is expressing profound frustration with Canada’s continued attempts to distract and avoid paying the compensation it has been ordered to pay by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT).

Canada is seeking a stay of proceedings and judicial review of the CHRT decision in First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and Assembly of First Nations et al. v. Attorney General of Canada (for the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada), (2019 CHRT 39) in hearings that began on Nov. 25 in Ottawa. In a last-minute attempt to distract and delay, Canada issued a statement yesterday indicating it would be willing to settle a separate class action rather than pay out the compensation as ordered by the CHRT.

In the September 2019 order, the CHRT found that Canada had “willfully and recklessly” discriminated against First Nations children and families by continuing discriminatory funding formulas that incentivized First Nations children being brought into care, rather than providing the resources and services that could see them remain within their families, and ordered that Canada compensate children, youth and their families who were victim to this discrimination.

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