Federal government’s failure to comply with Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling at issue next week during United Nations review.
Prominent Canadian child welfare and human rights organizations want the United Nations’ top body for combatting racism to take the federal government to task over its persistent failure to ensure that First Nations children have fair and equitable access to the care and support they need.
On August 14 and 15th Canadian government officials will appear before the independent expert body that oversees compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In past reviews, the Committee has raised concerns the disproportionately large numbers of First Nations children who are being placed in state care away from their families and cultures.
“There’s now more reason than ever for the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to be concerned over Canada’s treatment of First Nations kids,” said Dr. Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. “The federal government is now actively resisting four orders from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal requiring that it stop discriminating against First Nations families and children. These kids need all the help they can get from the international community to pressure the Canadian government to do the right thing.”