Government making ‘some progress’ on child welfare file but more is needed says advocate


The Government of Canada was back before the Canadian Human Rights Commission giving an update on how it is improving the child welfare system for First Nations children.

To date, Ottawa has been severely criticized for how it funds the child welfare system on reserve compared to how provinces pays for the system off-reserve.

In 2016 the tribunal ruled that the federal government discriminates against First Nation children.

Cindy Blackstock, the executive director of the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society, and one of the parties that took the government to the tribunal, said there is some progress but more work is needed.


Annette is Anishinaabe from Alderville First Nation. She started at APTN as an Ottawa Correspondent in 2007 and has covered Indigenous issues from Parliament Hill and First Nation communities across Ontario. She has also freelanced for CBC Indigenous and Ricochet Media.

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