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Spirit Bear’s Guide to Reconciliation – UVic News

by ahnationtalk on November 8, 201868 Views

November 7, 2018

“I really wanted something in the room that reminded all of us what this case was actually about, which was children,” says Cindy Blackstock on how Spirit Bear became her champion in the ‘room’ that was federal court. Together, they withstood a nine-year dispute to protect the human rights of First Nation children.

Of the Gitxsan First Nation, Blackstock is the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, and is also a professor with McGill University’s School of Social Work.

Spirit Bear accompanied Blackstock to every hearing in the landmark case before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. In January 2016, the tribunal found the Government of Canada guilty of racially discriminating against 165,000 First Nations children by underfunding child welfare and failing to provide equitable public services.

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