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Earlier this month, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal found that Canada’s conduct towards First Nations children in care was ‘wilful and reckless’ and has ordered the government to compensate First Nations children, youth and families who were impacted when children were taken out of their homes and placed in care of the state. Though it is important that the Tribunal acknowledged this, Grand Chief and President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs Stewart Phillip says this is something that First Nations families and communities have known for a long time.

The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (FNCFCS) and Assembly of First Nations filed the case in 2007 and have been fighting the government’s racial discrimination against First Nations children for years. Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of FNCFCS, says the findings of the Tribunal, “Demonstrates how little Canada learned from the residential school and the 60’s scoop apologies and class actions… They knew better and did not do better resulting in tragedy for another generation of First Nations Children, families and Nations.” The Tribunal also acknowledged the trauma and harm caused to family members who had their children taken away and stated, “No amount of compensation can recover what you have lost… or the suffering that you have gone through as a result of racism, colonial practices and discrimination.”

https://aptnnews.ca/2019/09/06/wilfully-and-recklessly-human-rights-tribunal-awards-compensation-for-first-nation-children-in-care/