$23-billion settlement for First Nations children announced by AFN and Caring Society
The new deal secured $3 billion more than what was proposed by the federal government in 2021 for First Nations children discriminated by the child welfare system.
The Assembly of First Nations and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (FNCFS) said they have announced a revised final settlement agreement in a landmark child-welfare case.
The new proposal increases the federal government’s settlement spend to $23 billion — up from $20 billion — to compensate First Nations children and families who have experienced discrimination in the child welfare system.
“This compensation recognizes the serious harms First Nations, children, youth, and families suffered including unnecessary family separations and the denial of life saving and life wellness services,” said Cindy Blackstock, the executive director of FNCFS, in a release Monday.
The AFN, which represents more than 600 First Nations across Canada, has been working to negotiate a deal after the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal
in 2016 found that Canada discriminated against First Nations children
by paying less for child welfare services on-reserve compared to those
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