The compensation announced yesterday applies to First Nations children and families on reserve as it is linked to Canada's underfunding of public services on reserve. There is another class action for Indigenous children off reserve- here is the link: https://t.co/QmPR2HaSzT— Cindy Blackstock (@cblackst) January 5, 2022
This proposed class action alleges that Canada failed to take reasonable steps to protect and preserve the aboriginal identity of the Indigenous children and youth who were apprehended. Canada denied Indigenous children and youth any reasonable opportunity to maintain connections to the language and territory of the Indigenous community, group or people to which they belonged. Canada’s actions also denied Indigenous peoples’ their inherent right to jurisdiction over child and family services. This lawsuit alleges that Canada should have taken steps to safeguard the wellbeing of apprehended Indigenous youth and children and ensure that Indigenous youth and children, and their families, were advised of any federal financial benefits to which they may have been entitled; this lawsuit alleges that Canada failed to do so.
This conduct was systemic, lasted for decades, and eradicated the language, culture, and heritage of Metis, Inuit, and Status and Non-Status Indian (First Nations) children and youth in care. The parents and grandparents of apprehended children and youth were also harmed; in my cases, these parents and grandparents never saw their children and grandchildren again.
LIVE: First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada Executive Director Cindy Blackstock is sharing an update on the negotiations related to compensation and long-term reform of First Nations Child and Family Services. https://t.co/yBtm7Dj2PU— APTN News (@APTNNews) January 4, 2022
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Canada's 'wilful and reckless' treatment of Indigenous children continues | CBC News https://t.co/o5E9dntsEY— RoseAnne Archibald (@ChiefRoseAnne) January 5, 2022