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Supporting the CHRT's ruling to reduce inequitable funding of First Nations child welfare.

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It has been established that First Nations child services receive less funding and attention from the Canadian government than non Indigenous child services. On February 1st 2018, the Canadian Human Right Commission (CHRT) issued a ruling addressing the inequitable funding of First Nations child services and proposed steps to reduce these inequalities. The current petition aims to show community support for the CHRT's ruling and to ask the Minister of Indigenous Services, Minister Philpott, to ensure the Federal Government's full and proper compliance with the CHRT's ruling.

Il a été déterminé que les services pour les enfants autochtones reçoivent moins de financement de la part du gouvernement Canadien que les services destinés aux enfants non autochtones et causant par le même fait des disparités et inégalités. Le 1er février 2018, La Commission des Droits de la Personne du Canada a émit un jugement adressant le financement inégal des services pour les enfants autochtones et indiquant des mesures à prendre pour mettre fin à cette inégalité. Cette pétition a comme objectif de supporter le jugement rendu par la Commission des Droits de la Personne et de presser la Ministère des Services aux Autochtones, la Ministère Philpott, à assurer l’implémentation du jugement rendu de la manière la plus transparente possible.


See letter below:

The Honorable Jane Philpott, P.C., Minister of Indigenous Services             March 27, 2018

House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Dear Minister Philpott,

We are writing to you today as Canadian citizens and interested parties regarding the February 1, 2018 ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CRHT) case (2018 CHRT 4) concerning the inequitable funding for First Nations child welfare. As of March 2018, the number of Indigenous children in care has not been reduced, nor has there been a co-ordinated national assessment of neglect investigations.

We are asking that you ensure the full and proper implementation of the CHRT’s orders, which declare that the inequitable provision of services by the Federal Government is discriminatory. These orders require Canada to ensure that all other service inequities affecting First Nations children are addressed. Examples of service inequities include access to water, education and early childhood education, youth mental health and juvenile justice.

We also wish to express our support for the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada, and their tireless pursuit to end Canada’s discrimination against First Nations children living on reserve. Full details of the ruling and orders are well summarized by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, and can be found online in their comprehensive timeline of the CHRT Hearing. This includes links to the order, and other documents which clearly outline the expectations of the Government of Canada to remedy the unfortunate discriminatory underfunding of First Nations child welfare services, as well as the flawed implementation of Jordan’s Principle.

We are inspired by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society’s commitment to educate the public about inequities in First Nations child welfare, to name one of their tremendous accomplishments. With their permission, we urge you to also consider Spirit Bear Plan. Spirit Bear represents 165,000 children impacted by the First Nations child welfare case at the CHRT, as well as thousands of other children interested in learning about and taking peaceful action in favor of reconciliation and equity.

The Spirit Bear Plan aims to end these cross-cutting inequalities. It was passed unanimously by the Chiefs in Assembly, and we call on Canada to publicly and fully adopt and implement the Spirit Bear plan, which calls on

CANADA to immediately comply with all rulings by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordering it to immediately cease its discriminatory funding of First Nations child and family services. The order further requires Canada to fully and properly implement Jordan's Principle
PARLIAMENT to ask the Parliamentary Budget Officer to publicly cost out the shortfalls in all federally funded public services provided to First Nations children, youth and families (education, health, water, child welfare, etc.) and propose solutions to fix it.
GOVERNMENT to consult with First Nations to co-create a holistic Spirit Bear Plan to end all of the inequalities (with dates and confirmed investments) in a short period of time sensitive to children's best interests, development and distinct community needs.
GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS providing services to First Nations children and families to undergo a thorough and independent 360° evaluation to identify any ongoing discriminatory ideologies, policies or practices and address them. These evaluations must be publicly available.
ALL PUBLIC SERVANTS including those at a senior level, to receive mandatory training to identify and address government ideology, policies and practices that fetter the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action.
In the spirit of fulfilling the current Federal Government’s promise to ensure real change and reconciliation, ensuring that this order is implemented would fulfil several of the 94 calls to action put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.

As Canadian citizens and all other parties who are interested in this matter, we call on you to ensure full compliance with this ruling as ordered by the Commission, and to stand true to your inspirational commitment to address social inequities to ensure a life of dignity, wellness and peace. We further ask that you see that the Spirit Bear Plan is implemented to further achieve the real goal of reconciliation. Inspired by the Caring Society’s I am a Witness campaign to educate the public about this case, we would like to state that we are watching, and expect accountability to the orders that have been put forth by the Government of Canada. We expect for the public to be kept informed about the progress made towards meeting each order of the ruling.

Please find attached a list of signatures from Canadian citizens and other interested parties who support this letter. We ask that you please respond to this letter by June 3rd, 2018.

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