OTTAWA – NDP MP Charlie Angus (Timmins—James Bay) and candidates Chief Rudy Turtle (Kenora, ON) and former Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum (Thunder Bay—Superior North) called today’s ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal a searing indictment of Liberal and Conservative governments’ failure to make life better for Indigenous children.
“This ruling shows just how badly both Justin Trudeau and Conservatives have failed Indigenous children in this country,” said Angus. “The Tribunal found that the government acted completely recklessly. One decision and four compliance orders later, and the government is still trying to run away from its responsibilities.”
The tribunal ordered the government to pay compensation to First Nations children apprehended by child and family services agencies, as well as their families.
“Justin Trudeau and the Conservatives have spent millions on lawyers to fight against the rights of First Nation children and their families,” said Turtle, the chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation. “The Tribunal ruled years ago that the government’s policies were discriminatory against Indigenous people and violated our human rights. Justin Trudeau should listen to the Assembly of First Nations and accept this decision. Our children have suffered, and they need to make this right.”
“We are the only party serious about a new relationship with Indigenous people,” said Achneepineskum. “We will honour the call for a Spirit Bear Plan to end inequalities in service that Indigenous children face in this country. It’s time for a New Deal.”
The NDP’s New Deal for People will fully implement Jordan’s Principle and will take immediate action to respect, support and resources Indigenous jurisdiction over child welfare systems.