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Four First Nations in Ontario are involved in a human rights complaint against the federal government. They say that the current method of funding aboriginal education discriminates unfairly against larger First Nations, and are seeking a decision by the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
Ottawa attempted to have the case thrown out, saying that it doesn’t fall within the jurisdiction of the CHRC, but a federal court decided that the CHRC can indeed handle the complaint.
Michael Hutchinson sits down with Patrick Macklem, a law professor at the University of Toronto and spokesperson for the four First Nations, to talk about the complaint and its implications.
UPDATED: The original version of this story incorrectly named the Ontario Human Rights Commission as the human rights body handling the complaint. The complaint is being handled by the Canadian Human Rights Commission.