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Ottawa, Nov 25 (Canadian-Media): Federal Justice Minister David Lametti and Justice Canada lawyers were of the view that compensating First Nations children impacted by the on-reserve child welfare system covers a wider group of people than the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) ruling, media reports said.
David Lametti. Image credit: Facebook page
Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, had been trying to get the federal government to compensate First Nations children since 2007.
But Ottawa wants to settle the entire matter with cases from 1991 onward outside of the tribunal.
"We have accepted the fact that we have to compensate...but we have to do it in a way that respects everybody who was wronged whether they be children or whether they be families across a wider swath of time," said Lametti.
Advocates for First Nations children accuse the government of trying to dodge the full cost.
"I can't believe I'm still going back to court 13 years after this thing was filed," said Blackstock.
On Monday, the federal government takes its legal fight against the order to Federal Court for two days of hearings because it wants to make amends differently.
All sides of the case -- Ottawa, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) -- were ordered by the Tribunal to negotiate a method for dealing with the compensation and present it by Dec. 10.
It was also ordered by the tribunal that the parents or grandparents — depending on who was the primary guardian — whose children were taken unjustly from their care would be eligible for at least $20,000.
The federal government had also been urged by Perry Bellegarde, AFN National Chief to drop its judicial review, if that's what families and children prefer.
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Alberta, Nov 22 (Canadian-Media): Bylaws had been signed on Wednesday by Chiefs from the O’Chiese and Sunchild First Nation to empower two Central Alberta First Nations to drive out the illegal drug trade to improve the lives of local youth, media reports said.
Illegal Drug Trade. Image credit: UN
Overwhelming support for the new bylaws were received, from the residents of O’Chiese and Sunchild First Nations, with great assurance to work collaboratively with the RCMP on enforcement of the new bylaws and all aspects of the criminal justice system.
A body made up of seven First Nations community members was formed to handle penalties and appeals.
“This is an historic event for both nations… we’re a strong nation as one,” said Chief Douglas Beaverbones of the O’Chiese First Nation.
During Wednesday’s signing ceremony Chief Beaverbones described the agony he had felt watching his community suffer and said,
“It hurt me to see them like that, I wanted to help,”
Both First Nations were well aware of the difficulties they would have to face and the amount of pushback they may have to endure but they said “It may be tough, but we’re doing it for the kids.”
“We need to look beyond our struggles, we need to look past the wrongdoings and instead, heal from it,” said Elder Advisor Theresa Strawberry.
Ottawa, Nov 13 (Canadian-Media): Amid a worldwide campaign to promote cultural pride known as Rock Your Mocs, indigenous people from coast to coast are rocking their moccasins at school, at the office and in communities this week, media reports said.
Image credit: Twitter handle of Indigenous affairs
Jessica Jaylyn Atsye of Laguna Pueblo, N.M. had started the campaign Rock Your Mocs in 2011 and since 2013 event producer Melissa Sanchez has been organizing it as a worldwide movement every Nov. 15.
For the first time this year the campaign has been extended to a week, running Nov. 9-16.
Besides promoting cultural pride and showcasing the diversity of nations, the campaign aims to unify Indigenous Peoples globally through social media.
"I'm showing my representation in public spaces, including social media," said Ashley Daniels, the Manitoba representative on the Assembly of First Nations national youth council.
"Just to be reminded that we hold these spaces, too."
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Saskatchewan, Nov 2 (Canadian-Media): The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) and the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF) are alarmed at the declining graduation rates for First Nations students compared with non-First Nations students, media reports said.
FSIN. Image credit: Facebook page
“First Nations students continue to face barriers and obstacles that prevent them from reaching their full potential in school,” said FSIN Vice-Chief David Pratt. “Government has to step up to the plate and ensure the proper support systems are in place to increase First Nations graduation rates. Our children are our most precious resource and they deserve better.”
“Government has committed to improving graduation rates for Indigenous students, but the plan isn’t working,” said Patrick Maze, President of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. “It is unacceptable that the education gap remains so large. It’s time to do more.”