In an unexpected announcement on July 5, Health Minister Jane Philpott and Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett committed up to $382 million to address the disparity in health services for First Nations children living on reserve. Read more on CBC News.
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Residential school doc tells story of how early whistleblower was ignored
April 01, 2016
Read the CBC article about Peter Henderson Bryce.
Funding for First Nations child and family services falls far short of what's needed to remedy inequities
March 23, 2016
Funding allocations for First Nations child and family services in the 2016 federal budget fall far short of what's needed to implement the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision and remedy inequities. Parties to the child welfare human rights case will submit replies to recommended immediate relief remedies by March 31, 2016. For further details are available in this information sheet.
First Nations students get 30 per cent less funding than other children, economist says (CBC News)
March 14, 2016
First Nations students get 30 per cent less funding than other children, says former chief economist with TD Bank. Don Drummond counters Indigenous Affairs' claim that funding gap cannot be measured. Read the article on CBC News.
Watch the Tribunal ruling announcement live, January 26 at 1 pm
January 25, 2016
On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal will release its ruling on the First Nations child welfare discrimination case. The Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations will hold a press conference at 1 pm. Watch it live: livestream.com/afn/iamawitness.
"Advocates await First Nations welfare ruling" (Canadian Press)
January 25, 2016
In 2007, the Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations filed a human rights complaint against the federal government alleging that inequitable funding for child welfare on reserves amounts to discrimination on the basis of racial origin. The complaint was eventually presented to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Hearings began in February 2013 and came to a close in October 2014. On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, nine years after the complaint was filed, the Tribunal will finally release its ruling.
In this story for the Canadian Press, reporter Kristy Kirkup talks to Caring Society executive director Cindy Blackstock about her experience of the case, and what was kept her going all these years.
MMIW inquiry must examine the child-welfare system
December 02, 2015
Cindy Blackstock writes in the Globe and Mail about why an inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women ought to include an examination of how structural inequities in child welfare put First Nations girls & women at greater risk for disadvantage and violence. Read the article here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/a-mmiw-inquiry-must-examine-the-child-welfare-system/article27549551/
Tribunal decision update
December 01, 2015
Tribunal decision update on the occasion of the tragic passing of Tribunal member Bélanger.
In memory of Tribunal Member Bélanger. We are forever grateful to you for your service.
"Remembering Shannen Koostachin and the forgotten generation of Indigenous children" on The Current (CBC)
November 30, 2015
Shannen Koostachin remains an important role model for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children and young people who continue to carry her dream for safe and comfy schools for all First Nations children in Canada. On November 27, 2015, Charlie Angus talked about his new book about Shannen and indigenous education on CBC's The Current. Listen here.
Cindy Blackstock calls on Justin Trudeau to put an end to inequalities for First Nations children
November 05, 2015
Caring Society executive director Cindy Blackstock calls on newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to put an end to inequalities for First Nations children, in a letter dated October 20, 2015.
This election, call on your leaders to do right by First Nations kids
September 30, 2015
Read the Caring Society's guest post on the Canadian Paediatric Society blog.
Recognition, finally, for doctor who sounded alarm on residential schools a century ago
August 20, 2015
Read the APTN article on Peter Henderson Bryce.
Remembering and celebrating Dr. Peter H. Bryce
August 19, 2015
On August 16, the Caring Society, Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Marie Wilson, members of the Bryce family and other friends and supporters gathered at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Peter H. Bryce.
The Ottawa Citizen previewed the event in this article.
And in this video, APTN National News speaks with Dr. Peter Bryce's grandson, Andy Bryce and Caring Society Executive Director Dr. Cindy Blackstock.
Beechwood ceremony to honour medical officer's tenacity
August 14, 2015
Read the Ottawa Citizen article about Peter Henderson Bryce.
First Nations of Quebec and Labrador sign Declaration on Rights of First Nations Children
August 11, 2015
On June 10, 2015, chiefs from across Quebec and Labrador signed a Declaration on the Rights of First Nations Children. The declaration proclaims First Nations children's rights to grow up safely, be healthy, get a good education, learn their languages and be proud of their cultures.
Aboriginal Children in Care: Report to Canada's Premiers
July 17, 2015
The Aboriginal Children in Care Working Group, made up of departmental ministers across the provinces and territories, releases its report to Canada's premiers.
*New* Information Sheets
June 30, 2015
Click here to access information sheets on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations child welfare by the Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal.
New Caring Society Commercial
May 05, 2015
Watch the new 5 second Caring Society commercial done by Horizon Travel & Lifestyle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMcxzuLQuSk. It will be playing May/June 2015 in the Toronto subway tunnels.
Rich Country, Poor Nation
April 03, 2015
Globe & Mail video: 11 facts about the gap between First Nations and the rest of Canada *note: the 2014 UN Human Development Index ranks Canada 8th (not 6th, as video says)
Federal govt seeks leave to appeal 60s scoop lawsuit that was greenlit this year
December 01, 2013