Ottawa using ‘racist’ Indian Act to narrow Jordan’s Principle eligibility, AFN argues –

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Ottawa using ‘racist’ Indian Act to narrow Jordan’s Principle eligibility, AFN argues –

by ahnationtalk on June 18, 202193 Views

Lawyer Stuart Wuttke told the court Ottawa’s attempts to overturn a decision by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that expanded eligibility for Jordan’s Principle ignores that Canada cannot unilaterally define Indigenous identity

OTTAWA — Canada’s attempt to narrow the list of First Nations children who can access services under Jordan’s Principle is linked to the country’s long-standing “racist and colonial” policies toward Indigenous Peoples, lawyers argued in Federal Court Thursday.

Questions about who is considered a First Nations child, and whether this should include children living off-reserve, those who are not registered under the Indian Act and those with just one Indigenous parent, are at the heart of the arguments being debated over the final two days of a week of related legal proceedings.

The answers will be key to future interpretations of Jordan’s Principle, a rule stating that when governments disagree about who is responsible for providing services to First Nations kids, they must help the child first and argue over bills later.

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