I am a witness

In 2007, the Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations filed a human rights complaint against the Federal government, alleging that Canada’s failure to provide equitable and culturally based child welfare services to First Nations children on-reserve amounts to discrimination on the basis of race and ethnic origin. After several unsuccessful efforts by the Federal government to have the case dismissed on legal technicalities, a hearing on the complaint began on February 25, 2013 at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and were completed on October 24, 2014. 


According to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, the Final Ruling can be expected within the next 6 months (April 2015). 


The I am a witness campaign invites organizations and people of all ages to follow the case in person or online and to decide for themselves if First Nations children are being treated fairly. On this site you will find a comprehensive timeline with the legal submissions by all parties in the case along with relevant reports from credible independent sources like the Auditor General of Canada. 



Caring Society Reply  to Federal Government's Final Written Submissions

CHRC Reply to Federal Government's Final Written Submissions

AFN Reply to Federal Government's Final Written Submissions

Chiefs of Ontario Reply to Federal Government's Final Written Submissions


Closing Submissions (Factums)

Federal Government Closing Submissions (Factum)

Caring Society Closing Submissions (Factum)

Canadian Human Rights Commission Closing Submissions (Factum

Amnesty International Closing Submissions  (Factum)

Assembly of First Nations Closing Submissions  (Factum)

Chiefs of Ontario Closing Submissions  (Factum)



*New* Video Archive of Final Arguments 

*New* Tribunal Briefing Note 

Child-friendly information sheet on First Nation child welfare complaint

Information Sheet: The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations Child Welfare

Procedural Diagram: 2007 - 2014


The Caring Society gratefully acknowledges the generous legal support of Hensel BarristersPower Law and Gall Legge Grant & Monroe LLP.