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Ottawa could be facing human rights tribunal hearing to settle First Nations child welfare compensation – CBC

by ahnationtalk on December 6, 201886 Views

Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says she wants to settle the issue through talks

Dec 05, 2018

The federal government could be headed back before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to settle an outstanding question on compensation for First Nations children who faced discrimination under the on-reserve child welfare system.

When the human rights tribunal first ruled in January 2016 that Ottawa discriminated against First Nations children by underfunding on-reserve services, it reserved its decision on the issue of compensation to allow the parties to come to a settlement.

Last Friday, hours after Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott announced upcoming legislation on Indigenous child welfare, Justice Canada lawyer Robert Frater wrote the tribunal to secure hearing dates for possible arguments on the compensation issue.

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