Innu Nation files human rights complaint over Ottawa’s child protection funding – APTN News
Aug 12, 2020
The Innu Nation has filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission alleging the federal government spends more money removing children from homes than keeping families together.
Gregory Rich, grand chief of the Innu Nation, which represents the Innu of Labrador, said in a statement Tuesday Canada’s child welfare system has had devastating consequences.
The complaint, which was filed in June, says the federal government gives Newfoundland and Labrador more money for the foster care system compared with the funds it provides to help families.
A 2016 Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision found the federal government’s unequal funding for child welfare services discriminated against children who live on reserves. That ruling called for “immediate relief” for First Nation children.
Rich, however, said funding from Ottawa remains inadequate and Innu children are suffering.
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