Fed lawyer strikes back as bid to quash human rights compensation order for First Nations kids wraps up – APTN News

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Fed lawyer strikes back as bid to quash human rights compensation order for First Nations kids wraps up – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on June 17, 202165 Views

Ottawa argues again Thursday morning on issue of who is a ‘First Nations child’ for Jordan’s Principle purposes

A top Justice Department lawyer forged ahead Wednesday with Canada’s argument that the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal didn’t have enough evidence of “real harm” to award compensation to victims of Ottawa’s intentionally underfunded First Nations child-welfare system and refusal to pay for essential services.

Chief general counsel Robert Frater was undeterred after the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (Caring Society) slammed his arguments on Tuesday.

“Assertion is not evidence. Our contention in this case is that the tribunal simply asserted, repeatedly, that the evidence was considerable,” he argued. “We do not dispute that there was lots of evidence. Our contention is that it was aimed at showing the funding system was broken and had to be fixed: It is being fixed.”

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