Canada discriminated against Aboriginal children: tribunal – Reuters

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Canada discriminated against Aboriginal children: tribunal – Reuters

by ahnationtalk on January 26, 2016289 Views

Jan 26, 2016

The government of Canada discriminated against aboriginal children by underfunding welfare services on reserves, a human rights tribunal ruled on Tuesday, a decision that could affect how Ottawa funds education, healthcare and housing for indigenous Canadians.

The ruling comes nearly nine years after aboriginal groups opened a human rights complaint against Ottawa over its funding formula for child welfare on reserves.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who took office in November, has pledged to repair relations with Canada’s 1.4 million indigenous people, who make up 5 percent of the population but represent about half of Canadian children aged 14 and under who live in foster care.

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