Thursday, August 20, 2009

Human Rights v. Canada - Native Child Welfare - Be a Witness

The following quotes have been borrowed from the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada web site to briefly introduce this important event. Further details can be found by visiting the link at the end of this posting.

Or, if you prefer, listen to this interview of Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society Canada. [here]



On February 27, 2007, the Assembly of First Nations [AFN], a political organization representing all First Nations in Canada, and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada [FNCFCS], a national non-profit organization providing services to First Nations child welfare organizations, took the historic step of holding Canada accountable before the Canadian Human Rights Commission for its current treatment of First Nations children. The complaint alleges that the Government of Canada had a longstanding pattern of providing less government funding for child welfare services to First Nations children on reserves than is provided to non-Aboriginal children.


What does it mean to be a witness?
By being a witness you are making a commitment to follow the case by either coming to watch the tribunal in person or by following it in your local media. As a caring Canadian, we invite you to follow this historic case and then decide for yourself whether or not you feel the federal government is treating First Nations children fairly today.

Who can be a witness?
Caring individuals of any age can register. We will not list your names to protect your privacy but we will keep track of how many people sign on so you can see the witness community grow.

Caring organizations can also register and will be given an option of publically listing their organization on our list of Witnesses.

When will the tribunal begin?
It starts on September 14, 2009 and continues on September 15, 16,17 and 18. Additional dates for the tribunal have been set for October, November and January and February.

What does it mean to be a witness?
By being a witness you are making a commitment to follow the case by either coming to watch the tribunal in person or by following it in your local media. As a caring Canadian, we invite you to follow this historic case and then decide for yourself whether or not you feel the federal government is treating First Nations children fairly today.

Location: 160 Elgin Street 11th Floor, Ottawa, Ontario

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. - with morning and afternoon breaks and a lunch break

Dates can be found at the link below, however the next hearing date will be November 16, 2009

Learn more at http://www.fnwitness.ca/

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