The government’s energy would be better spent protecting the health and safety of indigenous children than pushing back at the tribunal.
March 20, 2017
When the Trudeau government goes before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal yet again this week, it will make two arguments that appear to be in conflict with its stated commitment to indigenous reconciliation.
First, it will contend that, before Ottawa can address the urgent crisis of child welfare on reserves, as the tribunal ordered it to do more than a year ago, it will have to complete an indefinitely long consultation process with First Nations, provinces and other stakeholders.
Second, it will argue that the tribunal has no authority to compel the government to act, but should “operate under a presumption that [its] rulings will be executed with reasonable diligence or good faith.”