Statement - Canada’s human rights watchdog welcomes First Nations child welfare decision

May 26, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Human Rights Commission

In response to the most recent Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision that the federal government implement the ruling in the First Nations Child Welfare Case, Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission issues the following statement:

“The Canadian Human Rights Commission is very pleased with this decision.  Recognizing the work that has been done by the Parties since January 2016, the decision will bring much needed focus in implementing what remains to be done as soon as possible. As we have said consistently throughout this process, too many children living in care continue to wake up without having seen a measurable difference or improvement in their day-to-day lives.  That, above all else, is the true measure of success, and the Commission is eager to move forward with all parties to make that happen.”

The Commission has a unique public interest role, serving as a bridge between parties to resolve human rights issues. It led the litigation of this historic human rights case for nearly a decade.

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