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Ottawa owes less than feds calculated in First Nations child welfare case: PBO – CTV News

by ahnationtalk on April 2, 202076 Views

April 2, 2020

OTTAWA — Canada’s parliamentary budget officer says Ottawa will have to pay up to $2.9 billion in compensation to First Nations children and families torn apart by an underfunded child welfare system — a figure that is half the amount estimated by the federal government.

Yves Giroux says his office estimates between 19,000 and 65,100 people would be eligible for compensation awarded by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling last fall that found the federal government “wilfully and recklessly” discriminated against Indigenous children living on reserves by not properly funding child and family services for them.

The tribunal ordered Ottawa to pay $40,000 to every First Nations child who was inappropriately taken away from his or her parents after 2006, and to their parents and grandparents.

The PBO’s estimates of eligible claimants is far lower than numbers estimated by the federal government.

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