I am a Witness: Tribunal Timeline & 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. 

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February 23, 2023

Federal Court order extending the opt-out period for class members by 180 days to August 23, 2023.


December 28, 2022

The Caring Society's briefing as intervener in Manitoba v. MHRC & MHRC v. Manitoba regarding Jordan's Principle. 

December 20, 2022

The Tribunal has released the full reasons for its decision on compensation. In October, the Tribunal issued a letter decision confirming that the Final Settlement Agreement on compensation signed by Canada, the AFN, and other class action parties does not fully satisfy its orders. The Tribunal noted that the FSA completely disentitles some victims who are already legally entitled to $40,000 in compensation, reduces the amounts for others, or makes their entitlements uncertain.

This release sets out the Tribunal’s full reasons for that decision.

December 8, 2022

Two motions passed at the December 2022 AFN Special Chiefs Assembly: the first addresses long-term reform of the FNCFS Program and Jordan's Principle, and the second addresses the Final Settlement Agreement on compensation. 

November 28, 2022

The Federal Court issued an order referring the Assembly of First Nations' application for judicial review for case management. 

November 4, 2022

Attorney General of Quebec and Attorney General of Canada's responses to the October 21 facta submitted by British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Northwest Territories. 

October 25, 2022

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has provided a letter-decision with reasons to follow on the Compensation Final Settlement Agreement.

October 21, 2022

The AFN provides reply submissions on the CHRT questions regarding the Compensation Final Settlement Agreement. 

The Attorney Generals of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Northwest Territories provide factums to the Supreme Court of Canada in relation to Bill C-92: An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families.