Breaking: Federal Government challenges 2019 CHRT 39

by ahnationtalk on October 4, 2019450 Views

October 04, 2019

On September 6, 2019, in an historic ruling (2019 CHRT 39), the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered the federal government to pay compensation to First Nations children, youth and families for its “willful and reckless” discriminatory practices in providing services to First Nations children and families.

The First Nations Child & Family Caring Society is saddened that Canada has chosen to appeal this decision in Federal Court versus accepting responsibility for its wrongdoing and undertaking every measure to stop it and prevent its recurrence. In the ruling, the “Panel [found] it [had] sufficient evidence to find that Canada’s conduct was wilful and reckless resulting in what [they] have referred to as a worst-case scenario under our Act” (p.73). This conduct has been linked to unnecessary family separations and child deaths and continues to delay justice for First Nations young people.

Implementing the Spirit Bear Plan to end government inequalities is essential to ensure that First Nations young people have the same opportunities to grow up safely, be healthy, get a good education and be proud of who they are. Learn more at

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