Every child has the right grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and be proud of who they are.
It’s hard to imagine anyone disagreeing.
Yet year after year, First Nations children are denied these basic rights.
For most children in Canada, health care, education and family services are funding through the provincial or territorial governments. But for First Nations children on reserves, these same services are funded by the federal government.
Numerous studies - including reports by the Auditor General - confirm the Federal government provides less funding per child for services First Nations children on reserves than the provinces provide for children in their jurisdictions.
This is despite often higher costs of delivering such services in small and remote communities, and the greater need experienced by many First Nations communities.
The math is simple: less money plus higher costs = inadequate services for those who need them most.