Statement Article from  Government of Canada

CHRC applauds historic decision in the First Nations child welfare case

The Canadian Human Rights Commission welcomes the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s decision in the First Nations child welfare case and issues the following statement:

“This historic decision confirms that the current First Nations Child and Family Services Program, and how it is funded, is discriminatory.

“Too many children living in First Nations communities are being taken from their families and placed in care. These families receive inadequate services when compared to families off reserve.

“It is our hope that this decision will be the start of a new era in Canada. One where every child—no matter who they are or where they live—has the same opportunity to grow up safe, with the love and support of their families.

“This decision sends a strong message to Indigenous people. It reaffirms that the Canadian Human Rights Act can help close the gap between the quality of life experienced by Indigenous people and non-Indigenous people in Canada.”

Quotes

“The Tribunal has made it clear: every child in Canada deserves the same opportunity to grow up safe and with their family. That’s what equality is about.”

—Marie-Claude Landry, Ad. E., Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission

 

 “This decision confirms that in Canada, when a family needs support, who they are or where they live should not be a factor. It is about what’s best for children.”

Marie-Claude Landry, Ad. E., Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission

 

 “This historic decision could have a profound impact on how the Government of Canada funds other on-reserve programs and services.”

Marie-Claude Landry, Ad. E., Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission

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