Action Alert: Stop fighting First Nation children in court: Concrete Action on Truth & Reconciliation
On Sept. 29, 2021 the Federal Court dismissed an appeal by the federal government for a judicial review of landmark human rights tribunal decisions that ordered compensation and determined service eligibility for First Nations children and their families. The Federal Court’s decision opened a 30-day window for the federal government to appeal the court’s decision. That day is coming to a close on Oct. 29, 2021 and we need you to act immediately.
Join us! Take a moment to demand that the prime minister stop the federal government’s long- standing court battle with First Nations children and compensate them for the effects of inadequate and discriminatory funding.
The Federal Court upheld the 2016 Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings that ordered Ottawa to pay $40,000 to each First Nations child (along with their parents or grandparents) to compensate for inadequate funding for health, educational and social services and for taking an overly narrow approach for eligibility for Jordan’s Principle. The principle ensures that no health, social or educational service for a First Nations child should be denied or delayed because of jurisdictional squabbles between different levels of government. The tribunal found that Canada knew about the negative effects of their actions, including that inadequate funding drives First Nations children into state care.
In the spirit of reconciliation, let’s ensure that First Nations children and their families are compensated for the harm caused by the inadequate and discriminatory funding of health, educational and social services.
Join us! Take a moment today to send a message to the prime minister. Demand that the federal government stop fighting First Nations kids in court.
Copy will be sent to the following:
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
prime minister of Canada
Hon. Chrystia Freeland
deputy prime minister and federal minister of finance
Hon. Marc Miller
Minister of Indigenous Services
Hon. Erin O’Toole
Leader of the Official Opposition, Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, MP