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BREAKING: Canadian Supreme Court Affirms Indigenous People have Sole Authority Over Children's Welfare

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled today that the federal government's Indigenous child welfare act is constitutional, affirming that First Nations, Metis and Inuit have sole authority over the protection of their children.

The case stems from when the Quebec government opposed the law on jurisdictional grounds, arguing that Ottawa overstepped its legislative authority, infringed provincial jurisdiction, and effectively recognized Indigneous peoples as a third order of government.

Bill C-92, An Act Respecting First Nations, Métis and Inuit Children Youth and Families, became law in 2019. Bill C-92 is legislation that acknowledges Indigenous communities have the right to create their own child and family policies and laws.


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