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Treaty 3 Grand Chief supports federal compensation for victims of on-reserve child welfare system – Daily Miner and News

by ahnationtalk on September 20, 2019199 Views

September 20, 2019

The Grand Chief of Treaty 3, Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, is supporting the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s order for Canada to compensate First Nations children, youth and families affected by the on-reserve child welfare system.

Under this system, children were removed from their homes on reserves and made wards of the state. The tribunal found that Canada discriminated against First Nations children by under-funding on-reserve child welfare services, declaring the government’s actions “willful and reckless.”

Children and families will receive the maximum compensation the tribunal can legally offer: $40,000 per child taken into care unnecessarily between Jan. 1, 2006 and a date to be determined by the tribunal, as well as for the parents or grandparents caring for such children. Estimates place the number of potentially affected children at around 50,000.

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