Attention all UFCW Canada members and allies: UFCW is calling on activists to help support justice for First Nations children in Canada.
In January 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) found the Government of Canada is discriminating against 165,000 First Nations children by failing to provide equitable funding, services, and supports to Indigenous children and families, in violation of Jordan’s Principle.
Then, in September 2019, the CHRT issued its ninth non-compliance order regarding compensation for First Nations children, youth, and families who were negatively impacted by Canada’s discriminatory underfunding of the child welfare system. The tribunal found Canada to be wilfully and recklessly discriminating against First Nations children. The government responded by filing for a judicial review with the federal court against this mandate, opting to fight First Nations children in court instead of paying fair compensation.
In response, UFCW Canada joined organizations like Amnesty International and the Child Welfare League of Canada in calling on the government to withdraw its request for a judicial review of the CHRT decision.
Despite a November 2019 court ruling that paved for the way for compensation to finally reach First Nations children, youth, and families, as of January 2020, the federal government is still refusing to comply with the CHRT decision.
UFCW Canada has a long-standing partnership with the lead plaintiff in this case, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (Caring Society), and we are urging members, activists, and allies to support justice for First Nations children by telling the government to comply with the CHRT ruling, cease discriminatory funding to First Nations Child and Family Service Agencies in Canada, and fully implement Jordan’s Principle.
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