*Update* The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal finds the federal government did retaliate against Cindy Blackstock and awards $20, 000 in damages. Click here to read the decision.
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.
The I am a witness campaign invites organizations and people of all ages to follow and learn about 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.
Get ready for the final ruling!
Here is how you can help spread the word...
The Caring society will announce the release of the ruling via our Twitter account (@Caringsociety) using the hashtag #Witness4FirstNationskids. Please re-tweet the message along with a note on how you feel about the ruling and circulate on social media to your networks. Other ways you can help include alerting your local media, sharing your views with elected officials and networks.