STATEMENT - New legislation an encouraging step for Indigenous children and families in Canada: CHRC

Following the tabling of the Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth, and families by the Government of Canada, Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, issues this statement:

“The Canadian Human Rights Commission is encouraged by the introduction of legislation to reform the federal child welfare system. Reforming the current system would be a significant step forward for Indigenous children and families in Canada.

“We have known for years—particularly since the historic 2016 decision by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal—that the current First Nations Child and Family Services program, and how it is funded, is discriminatory.

“While progress has been made since 2016, introducing this legislation is an acknowledgement that fundamental inequities still exist for far too many First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and families in Canada.

“We look forward to studying the Bill and welcome an opportunity to provide input as it makes its way through the legislative process.

“It is our hope that Canada will be a country where every child—no matter who they are or where they live—has the same opportunity to grow up safe, with the love and support of their families.”

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