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Five things to know about the battle over First Nations child welfare


OTTAWA – The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal issued a landmark ruling on Tuesday, indicating the federal government has discriminated against First Nations children in its funding of child welfare services. Here are five things about the case:

1. The fight has been underway for nine years

The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations filed a complaint in 2007 arguing the federal government failed to provide First Nations children the same level of welfare services that exist elsewhere, contrary to the Canadian Human Rights Act. It said this was discrimination on racial grounds. Cindy Blackstock, the executive director of the society, said many things have changed during the course of this fight but most importantly, “a whole generation grew up.”


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