THREE DAY HEARING UNDERWAY AT HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL
From March 22 to 24, 2017, a compliance hearing will be taking place in Ottawa where Nishnawbe Aski Nation (“NAN”), through legal counsel, Falconers LLP, will be advancing issues relating to Indigenous child welfare equity with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (“Tribunal”).
This hearing is part of ongoing proceedings that have followed the landmark January 26, 2016, decision of the Tribunal in FNs Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and Assembly of First Nations v. Canada et al 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.
At this hearing, and on behalf of NAN, legal counsel, Julian Falconer and Akosua Mathews, are pressing for the Tribunal to 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.
The public is welcome to attend this hearing. The proceedings will be televised/live streamed on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).
Nishnawbe Aski Nation Reply Factum March 17, 2017
Nishnawbe Aski Nation Book of Authorities February 28, 2017
Nishnawbe Aski Nation Immediate Relief Factum February 28, 2017
Nishnawbe Aski Nation Immediate Relief Book of Authorities February 28, 2017