Demand that the Canadian Government Endorse the Spirit Bear Plan

Attention all UFCW Canada members and allies! Sign a digital letter to demand that the Canadian government endorse the Spirit Bear Plan. The 5-point plan would ensure the historic harms perpetrated against Indigenous peoples are never repeated.

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BACKGROUND – In January 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) found the Government of Canada to discriminate against First Nations children living on reserve and in the Territories by chronically underfunding services freely accessed by non-Indigenous persons across Canada. This violates Jordan’s Principle, a child-first principle in Canada, which ensures that First Nations children have access to the services they need.

In April 2023, a settlement regarding the Tribunal’s 2016 decision totalling $23 Billion dollars was reached between the Government of Canada, the Assembly of First Nations and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (Caring Society). However, it followed years of appeals to the 2016 ruling and amounted to millions of dollars in government funds spent on challenging the Tribunal’s decision.

UFCW Canada has a long-standing partnership with the Caring Society. Show your solidarity by demanding that the Canadian government endorse The Spirit Bear Plan and tell Prime Minister Trudeau that enough is enough!

It took the Canadian government more than 7 years to agree to comply with the Human Rights Tribunal decision! The government has not shown any support for the Spirit Bear Plan, a plan which identifies the work that remains in restoring justice for First Nations children. The government needs to demonstrate that it is committed to these ongoing actions.

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