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Ottawa willfully discriminated against First Nations children. Silence is no longer an option – The Globe and Mail

by ahnationtalk on September 11, 201934 Views

Cindy Blackstock is the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. She is also a professor at the school of social work at McGill University.

Last week, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered the federal government to pay maximum compensation of up to $40,000 to First Nations children on reserves and in the Yukon who were unnecessarily taken into care since Jan. 1, 2006. The tribunal concluded that Canada wilfully and recklessly discriminated against tens of thousands of First Nations children contributing to their unnecessary removal from their families and, in some tragic cases, their deaths.

Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan released a statement on Friday saying the child welfare system is broken and needs to be fixed. He completely missed the ruling’s keynote finding – it is the Department of Indigenous Services that is broken and needs to be fixed.

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