Congress of Aboriginal Peoples National Chief, Dwight Dorey, statement on Child Welfare Ruling

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(Ottawa) January 26, 2016 – Congress of Aboriginal Peoples National Chief, Dwight Dorey, issued the following statement regarding the decision issued by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that Canada discriminated against children on reserves:
“I am extremely happy with the Human Rights Tribunal’s historic ruling. This decision directly impacts the health and well-being of our First Nation’s Children and paves the way for future generations.”
In 2007, Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations and Family Caring Society, along with the Assembly of First Nations, filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal against the Federal Government which argued that Ottawa failed to provide First Nations children with the same level of welfare services available to other Canadians. In its ruling, the Human Rights Tribunal stated the government must “cease the discriminatory practice and take measures to redress and prevent it.” The ruling also calls for the redesign of the child welfare system to ensure First Nations are given culturally appropriate services.
“It has been a long nine years for First Nations child welfare advocates who have waited patiently for the complaint to make its way through the justice system. Communities and welfare agencies that have struggled in the past, can hopefully now look forward to receiving adequate resources to help protect our children.”
The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples represents the interests of Métis, status and non-status Indians, and Southern Inuit Indigenous Peoples living off-reserve. Today, over 70% of Indigenous people live off-reserve.
To arrange an interview with National Chief, Dwight Dorey, please contact:
Noreen Fagan, Communications Coordinator
Office: (613) 747-6022 ex 230
Julian Morelli, Director of Policy and Communications
Office: (613) 747-6022 ex 197

Article by: CAP Media

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