indigenous rights

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Petition to Cathy McLeod, Justin Trudeau

Transparency of child welfare funding in Canada

Indigenous child welfare agencies (Delegated Aboriginal Agencies or DAAs) in Canada are grossly underfunded which has resulted in issues such as: -DAAs are chronically understaffed and unable to provide services comparable to those received by children and families who are served by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) -Staff retention is made difficult because their funding constraints mean they often cannot afford to pay equal wages or offer training and benefits comparable to what is offered by MCFD -Shortage of services for children and families served by many of these agencies, especially in rural and remote areas – most notably Child and Youth Mental Health services, parenting programs and early childhood development programs. -Has contributed to the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in foster care There have been numerous studies and reports that outline the problematic funding formula and its impact. The government is currently in the works to establish new funding procedures, however, there is limited information regarding what these changes will look like, how they will be implemented, or how they will address the issue. We demand that the government be held accountable. We are seeking transparency in the process of funding distribution to all Delegated Aboriginal Agencies (DAA) due to the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in care.  In conjunction with the Representative for Children and Youth, we recognize the need for transparency because of flawed and discriminatory funding practices, inequitable and inconsistent funding to DAAs, lack of trust and communication, and unable to provide comprehensive services that are needed. As well, DAAs have limited capacity to offer culturally-based prevention services staff retention and funding issues. In response to the recent announcement regarding the increased federal budget for Indigenous child welfare services in Canada, we request the federal government to be transparent with communities in regards to funding for DAAs to ensure accountability. We request the government's transparency through posting reports on the progress being made. We request the reports to be posted in quarterly periods at the minimum on the: Truth and Reconciliation WebsiteAssembly of First Nations WebsiteFirst Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada WebsiteDAA’sHuman Rights Tribunal Image Credit: Indigenous Peoples in Canada. (2016). In Amnesty International. Retrieved from

Kamloops Social Work Students
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Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Jody Wilson-Raybould, Don Morgan

Make Canada's justice system equal for all

The recent failure of our justice system in the Colten Boushie case has led to profound disappointment and anger. Yet it is only the latest example of a long-standing and well documented problem of unequal access to justice for Indigenous people in Canada. Peremptory challenges allow potential jurors to be blocked from serving, without reason or explanation. In the Colten Boushie case, for example, the defence blocked all the jurors who appeared to be Indigenous. We must abolish peremptory challenges to ensure more equal jury representation of Indigenous people and people of colour. This is a simple measure that must be taken to improve the system and begin down the road to regain the faith of all those - Indigenous and non-Indigenous - who want fairness within the law in Canada. I am half-indigenous and half-white, and ALL of my friends are calling for change. And as the daughter of a residential school survivor who knows how easy it is to dehumanize others, I ask that you do what you can in your positions of power to not let the dehumanization of Indigenous people - abetted by the justice system no less - continue under your watch. The Criminal Code is currently under review; our government has the power to amend the Criminal Code to prevent the use of peremptory challenges to discriminate against First Nations people. Action is the way to repair a relationship that has received a terrible blow and set reconciliation efforts back. Please sign and share this petition - we must reform our jury system now.

Lisa Jackson
21,618 supporters