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The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations Child Welfare: Why if Canada wins, equality and justice lose


  • Blackstock, Cindy


Repeated reports indicate that First Nations children on reserve receive less child welfare funding than other children in Canada despite the fact that First Nations children have higher child welfare needs. After the Government of Canada failed to implement two joint solutions to address the inequality, First Nations organizations in Canada filed a human rights complaint alleging that the Government of Canada is discriminating against First Nations children on the basis of race and national ethnic origin. This historic case is now before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and marks the first time that Canada has been held to account before a legal body for its current treatment of First Nations children and their families. This opinion article presents the facts leading up to the filing of the human rights case, the grass roots advocacy and legal processes after the complaint was filed, and the implications for: First Nations children, individuals from minority groups, and the moral fabric of the country if the Government of Canada wins the case.

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  • Blackstock, Cindy, 2011. "The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations Child Welfare: Why if Canada wins, equality and justice lose," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 33(1), pages 187-194, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:33:y:2011:i:1:p:187-194

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