Ottawa, ON – In a few days, the Federal Government of Canada will take First Nations children back to court in an effort to dismiss a compensation order by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT). On his first day as Canada’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General, the Honourable David Lametti should drop its application for judicial review and stay of the ruling and work with the Assembly of First Nations and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society to develop a plan for children, youth, and families to access compensation.
As organizations committed to the well-being of all children and to the respect of children’s rights, we have been witnesses to the CHRT case of First Nations child welfare and Jordan's Principle.
We witnessed as Canada’s conduct was found to be wilful and reckless in discriminating against First Nations children in care.
We witnessed when Canada was ordered to pay compensation for those who were wrongly removed from their families or denied essential services.
And we witnessed Canada file for judicial review, opting to continue to fight First Nations children in court.