Sunday, January 10, 2010

Canadian Government Behind Human Rights Delays?

As posted from Cindy Blackstock of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society
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In a letter on January 8, 2010, Chair Shirish Chotalia (who was newly appointed by the Conservative Government on November 2, 2009) vacated all tribunal hearing dates for January and February 2010 and has apparently decided to hear Canada's motion to dismiss the tribunal. We are surprised that Chair Chotalia has agreed to hear Canada's motion to dismiss given that the federal court has already reviewed the matter and ruled against the Canadian Government. These decisions by the Chair were unexpected and cause us great concern. If the original schedule of hearings established by Chair Sinclair were respected by the incoming Chair we would have already concluded three weeks of witness testimony on this important matter by month's end. Given Chotalia's interventions not one word of witness evidence has been entered into the record. We are exploring all options to respond to this recent development and will keep you posted

Cindy Blackstock has also said the following:

"Thanks everyone - do write letters to PM Harper as well urging him to withdraw their motion to dismiss and allow this case to be heard on the merits. If they are not discriminating then there is nothing for them to worry about in a public hearing. Copy me on letters whenever possible and we will add them to our file. Our address is 302 251 Bank Street Ottawa ON K2P 1X3 Thank you!!!!"


To copy Cindy Blackstock on a letter to the Prime Minister do the following

To: pm@pm.gc.ca
CC: info@fncfcs.com

Prime Minister Stephen Harper,

I am writing to urge you to withdraw Canada's motion to dismiss the Human Rights Tribunal for equal child welfare services to children and families on Reserves and to please allow this case to be heard on its merits.

If Canada is not discriminating, then there is nothing for Canada to fear in allowing the case to be heard in a way that is open, transparent, and accountable to the Canadian public.

Any action taken by your government to prevent this hearing from taking place is contrary to what I thought was a sincere public apology you issued to Canada's Aboriginal people and indicates what appears to be your government's true feelings toward them.

I would like to have a written response to my letter at the following address.

Your Name:
Your Mailing Address:

CC: Cindy Blackstock, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society


The following is the Foster Care Council of Canada's letter to PM Harper

To: pm@pm.gc.ca
CC: info@fncfcs.com

Prime Minister Stephen Harper,

I am writing to urge you to withdraw Canada's motion to dismiss the Human Rights Tribunal for equal child welfare services to children and families on Reserves and to please allow this case to be heard on its merits.

If Canada is not discriminating, then there is nothing for Canada to fear in allowing the case to be heard in a way that is open, transparent, and accountable to the Canadian public.

Any action taken by your government to prevent this hearing from taking place is contrary to what I thought was a sincere public apology you issued to Canada's Aboriginal people and indicates what appears to be your government's true feelings toward them.

Can you please Answer the following two questions for me

1. Why did your government decide to use tax-payers dollars to try and dismiss this important tribunal hearing on equal services for Native Child and Family Services on Reserves

2. Do you feel that making a motion to dismiss this important tribunal is in keeping with what appeared to be a sincere public apology to Canada's aboriginal people?

I would like to have a written response to my letter at the following address.

John Dunn
(removed)
Ottawa, Ontario


CC: Cindy Blackstock, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society


http://www.fncaringsociety.org/

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