Indigenous child-welfare settlement heading back to Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

Key First Nation Chief Clinton Key (right) and Assemblyman-elect Solomon Rees attend a news conference to launch consultations on Bill C-92, federal legislation reaffirming the rights of Aboriginal communities to establish and provide welfare services for their children, Vancouver, Tuesday, March 21, 2023. Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck

Aboriginal child welfare settlement returns to Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

Revised $23 billion compensation package billed as largest settlement in Canadian history

A multibillion-dollar settlement for children and families harmed by underfunded services in Ottawa’s protected areas will be presented to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal after being endorsed by First Nations chiefs.

Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu said the revised $23 billion compensation package, the largest settlement in Canadian history, is an important healing tool for those harmed by past government policies.

The latest settlement comes after years of threats by the First Nations Congress to sue, and a Human Rights Tribunal ruling that rejected several federal government proposals, including one last year.

The latest deal includes an additional $3 billion in compensation for 13,000 children and other amendments the parties hope will satisfy the court’s concerns.

Manitoba regional chief Cindy Woodhouse, who led the assembly papers, thanked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today for helping the two sides reach a successful settlement.

Woodhouse also called on Trudeau to stand by the Indigenous chief’s call for Trudeau to issue a formal apology to the accusers and victims.

Federal Political Human Rights Tribunal Aboriginal Children’s Welfare

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