• Discrimination against First Nation children and families
Feb 02, 2018

Discrimination against First Nation children and families

The FNQLHSSC supports the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision issuing a fourth non-compliance order against the Government of Canada

 

Wendake, February 1, 2018 – Today, two years after an initial decision by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) in favour of First Nation children and families, the Tribunal has once again put pressure on the Government of Canada to take immediate steps to cease all forms of discrimination against First Nation children and families. In a fourth non-compliance order in this case, the CHRT has once again found that the actions taken by the Government of Canada since 2016 are insufficient because First Nation children and families still do not receive the same safe and quality services as other children in the country, and because Jordan’s Principle is not always fully and correctly applied.

 

The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) applauds this new decision by the CHRT, which reiterates the importance and urgency of this issue and orders Canada to immediately recognize the extent of the underfunding, take action to rectify the situation, and meet the real needs of First Nation children and families. It is all the more crucial to take immediate action to ensure respect for rights and the quality of services provided to First Nation children and families.

 

“It is unfortunate that after 2 years, and now the fourth ruling from the CHRT, that Canada has still not demonstrated its words into actions by making concrete investments and plans to change the situation that is faced by First Nations, Inuit and Metis.  We keep hearing positive words about what Canada wants to do to address this situation; it is imperative that they support these words with action,” said Derek Montour, President of the FNQLHSSC’s Board of Directors.

 

Marjolaine Siouï, Executive Director of the FNQLHSSC, believes that consultations with First Nations in a spirit of collaboration and partnership are essential in this case, but that they should not in any way postpone the implementation of measures responding to the urgent needs of our children in the short term.

 

 

 

“After ten years of hard work defending our children’s rights, it is high time for the Government of Canada to follow through on the orders of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Our children have suffered enough. At the FNQLHSSC, we will continue this work through the First Nations Child and Family Services Regional Round Table, which includes the social services directors of the communities in Quebec, to assess, together with the Assembly of First Nations and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, the consequences of this fourth order from the CHRT,” Ms. Siouï added.

 

 

 

To read the orders of the CHRT and for more information about this case, see www.fnwitness.ca.

 

About the FNQLHSSC

 

The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission supports First Nations and Inuit communities and agencies in Quebec and Labrador in defending, upholding and asserting the inherent right to health and social services while helping them plan and deliver culturally appropriate programs. www.cssspnql.com.

 

 

 

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Source:

Chantal Cleary, Communications Officer

chantal.cleary@cssspnql.com

418-842-1540, ext. 2304

www.cssspnql.com