Action Alert – Stop fighting First Nation children in court: Concrete action on Truth & Reconciliation
On Sept. 29, 2021 the Federal Court dismissed an appeal by the federal government for a judicial review of landmark human rights tribunal decisions that ordered compensation and determined service eligibility for First Nation children and their families.
Join us! Demand that the prime minister stop the federal government’s long- standing court battle with First Nation children and compensate them for the effects of inadequate and discriminatory funding.
The Federal Court upheld the 2016 Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings that ordered Ottawa to pay $40,000 to each First Nation child (along with their parents or grandparents) to compensate for inadequate funding for health, educational and social services and for taking an overly narrow approach for eligibility for Jordan’s Principle. Jordan's Principle ensures that no health, social or educational service for a First Nation child is denied or delayed because of jurisdictional squabbles between different levels of government. The tribunal found that Canada knew about the negative effects of their actions, including that inadequate funding drives First Nation children into state care. The federal government has 30 days to appeal the decision.
In the spirit of reconciliation, let’s ensure that First Nation children and their families are compensated for the harm caused by the inadequate and discriminatory funding of health, educational and social services to First Nation children.
Join us! Demand that the federal government stop fighting First Nation kids in court. Go here to sign the Action Alert.