NAN Files Latest Submissions in Historic Case Seeking Indigenous Child Welfare Equity
On February 28, 2017, Falconers LLP, representing Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN), filed its latest legal arguments for Indigenous Child Welfare Equity with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (“Tribunal”). These submissions were filed as part of the ongoing proceedings that have followed the landmark January 26, 2016, decision of the Tribunal which found that Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (“INAC”) has racially discriminated against 163,000 First Nations children by underfunding child and family services on reserves. NAN was granted interested party status in this case by the Tribunal in May 2016.
These latest submissions will form the basis of NAN’s oral arguments to be delivered in a hearing to take place before the Tribunal from March 22-24, 2017. At this hearing and on behalf of NAN, Falconers LLP will be arguing that the Tribunal must direct INAC to adopt various immediate relief measures to remedy the discriminatory practices that the Tribunal has found to exist in the delivery of child welfare services on reserves, especially in remote and isolated First Nations communities.
NAN Immediate Relief Factum. February 28, 2017
Immediate Relief Book of Authorities of NAN. February 28, 2017