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Nation to Nation: Child welfare, Indigenous law and the border put under the spotlight – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on February 23, 201870 Views

February 23, 2018

There is inequality in Canada when it comes to child welfare. There is a wide difference between on-reserve and off-reserve funding.

A Canadian human rights tribunal agreed in 2016. But it has taken five legal orders to get the federal government to do something.

Earlier this month, Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott announced an immediate end to the gap. And promised more funding will be on its way in next week’s federal budget.

However, Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, says a lot of work is still needed.

“And although we’re starting to see, thanks to the tribunal’s work and all of the First Nations communities and families and children who have advocated and stood with us during this long court battle, inequality starting to close in child welfare and on Jordan’s Principle, we still have issues with education, early childhood, basics like water and sanitation, that are going to continue to pile up on hopes and dreams of children.”

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