Tribunal begins hearing into complaint against Ottawa over discrimination against FN children

After years of legal wrangling a preliminary hearing started Tuesday in Ottawa looking into whether Canada discriminates against First Nation children living on reserves.

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After years of legal wrangling a preliminary hearing started Tuesday in Ottawa looking into whether Canada discriminates against First Nation children living on reserves.

That’s a claim advanced by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations.

The allegation is that Ottawa shortchanges children on reserves when it comes to providing services.

The result is more First Nation children are in care compared to off-reserve children.

Both sides argued Tuesday over the ground rules for the hearing and about witnesses.

APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story.

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Before moving to become the APTN News social media producer, Mark was the executive producer for the news in eastern Canada. Before starting with APTN in 2009, Mark worked at CBC Radio and Television in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ottawa.

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