I am a witness

*Update* The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal finds the federal government did retaliate against Cindy Blackstock and awards $20, 000 in damages. Read the decision here

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! 

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal is expected to rule on the First Nations child welfare case in 2015.

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 #Witness4FNkids. 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.

Looking for resources to brief others on the Tribunal? Check out the resources we have listed below! 


*New* Information Sheets from Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal 

*New* Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Findings 

*NEW* Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision in the retaliation complaint

Submission to the CESCR that evidences discrimination in child welfare services on reserve and in the Yukon

Tribunal Briefing Note 

Child-friendly information sheet on First Nation child welfare complaint

Final Argument Factums (Evidence) and Replies

Video Archive of Final Arguments 

Procedural Diagram: 2007 - 2015

The Caring Society gratefully acknowledges the generous legal support of Power LawGall Legge Grant & Monroe LLP and Clarke Child & Family Law.