I am a Witness: Tribunal Timeline and Documents

The timeline below chronicles the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal case on inequitable funding for First Nations child welfare, which the Tribunal ruled amounts to discrimination.  

View the pre-Tribunal timeline for a history of First Nations child and family services funding leading up the case. 

  • October 3, 2020

    The Assembly of First Nations makes submissions to the Tribunal regarding Trusts and Canada's Financial Administration Act Submissions. 

  • October 2, 2020

    AGC sends the latest compensation framework seeking additional clarification from Tribunal "with respect to the use of a trust to hold compensation funds for minors and adults who lack legal capacity."

    Caring Society makes written submissions re: Canada's current financial approach in line with the Financial Administration Act and Treasury Board Authorities" and "re: Trust for beneficiaries without the legal capacity under the compensation framework."

    Chiefs of Ontario makes written submissions to the Tribunal regarding "Canada's current financial approach in line with the Financial Administration Act and Treasury Board Authorities."

    NAN makes written submissions to the Tribunal "responding to Canada's update to Terms and Conditions re: Band Representative Services and Capital and responding to Canada's Financial Administration Act Submissions.

  • August 27, 2020

    IFSD releases its Executive Summary of the final report for Phase 2 of the First Nations Child and Family Services (FNCFS) Project. The Executive Summary provides a succinct overview of findings and recommendations for alternative funding and performance approaches for FNCFS.

  • August 11, 2020

    Tribunal releases ruling (2020 CHRT 24) regarding Band Representative Services for Ontario First Nations, Tribal Councils and First Nations Child and Family Service Agencies. 

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  • August 7, 2020

    Caring Society Notice of Motion for "Declaration of non-compliance with the Tribunal's Orders" and "Eradiction of discrimination through needs-based funding, regardless of service provider".

  • July 17, 2020

    The CHRT released a ruling on the groups of children eligible to receive services through Jordan's Principle. Canada has been ordered to immediately consider eligible for services through Jordan's Principle:

    • First Nations children who will become eligible for Indian Act registration/status under S-3 implementation.

    The CHRT found two other categories of First Nations children who will be eligible in the future following a further order from the CHRT:

    •  First Nations children without Indian Act status who are recognized as citizens or members of their respective First Nations; and
    • First Nations children who do not have Indian Act status and who are not eligible for Indian Act status, but have a parent/guardian with, or who is eligible for, Indian Act status.
  • June 12, 2020

    The Tribunal issues a ruling (2020 CHRT 17) regarding a disclosure issue. 

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  • May 28, 2020

    The Tribunal rules (2020 CHRT 15) on the compensation process on outstanding issues in order to finalize the Draft Compensation Framework. 

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  • May 25, 2020

    Order from the Federal Court regarding costs and reasons stemming from Canada's motion to stay the compensation order. 

  • May 8, 2020

    AGC’s Reply Submissions re: The Panel’s April 22, 2020 request to COO and NAN

  • May 6, 2020

    Reply of the Assembly of First Nations in response to the submissions of Nishnawbe Aski Nation on April 30 and May 1, 2020 and by the Chiefs of Ontario on May 1, 2020 regarding compensation implementation.

  • May 5, 2020

    Letter to the CHRT - response of the Caring Society, the Assembly of First Nations (the “AFN”) and the Attorney General of Canada (“Canada”) to the submissions delivered by the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (“NAN”) on April 30, 2020 and by the Chiefs of Ontario (“COO”) on May 1, 2020 and response of the AG agreeing with the response.

  • April 30, 2020

    The AG submits documents for compensation including draft compensation framework, affidavit of Valerie Gideon and Notice Plan. 

  • April 9, 2020

    First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada submissions to the CHRT include "Written Submission re: Documents and submissions provided by Canada on March 4, 2020 in response to Tribunal's February 20, 2020 information request" and affidavit of Cindy Blackstock.

    AFN Response Submissions re: Canada's Program Manuals (in AGC March 4, 2020 submissions)

    Submissions of the Canadian Human Rights Commission responding to Canada’s submissions dated March 4, 2020, on documents requested by the Panel.

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