Canada Withdraws Judicial Review of CHRT Capital Funding Order under First Nations Child and Family Services and Jordan’s Principle

Statement – Canada Withdraws Judicial Review of CHRT Capital Funding Order under First Nations Child and Family Services and Jordan’s Principle

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OTTAWA, Ontario, January 26, 2022

OTTAWA (ON), January 26, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – The Honorable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services; the Honorable Mark Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations; and the Honorable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canadatoday released the following statement:

“We are pleased to announce that today, Canada withdrew its application for judicial review before the Federal Court regarding the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) order relating to capital funding, 2021 CHRT 41. Canada move forward with funding for the purchase and construction of capital assets (e.g. buildings) to support the delivery of the First Nations Child and Family Services program and Jordan’s Main services.

As part of our negotiations with the parties to the CHRT complaint — the Assembly of First Nations, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, Chiefs of Ontario, and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation — we came to an agreement and a common understanding of the meaning of the ordinances. Following this agreement, the Tribunal amended the orders January 18, 2022. We will continue our discussions on how best to implement these orders with the Parties.

Together, we will ensure that First Nations child and family service agencies and Jordan’s Major service providers can easily access the funds they need for capital projects to provide quality services to First Nations children and families. In accordance with the order, by February 2, 2022First Nations child and family organizations, Jordan’s Major service providers will be notified in writing how to access this capital funding. This information will be posted on the Indigenous Services Canada website by February 172022.

These important advances are the result of our negotiations with the parties on the recent agreements in principle that were reached for a comprehensive resolution on compensation and long-term reform. We will continue our dialogue with the parties to the CHRT complaint, the Assembly of First Nations and the lawyers representing the plaintiffs in the Moushoom and Trout class actions on reaching definitive settlement agreements regarding:

  • compensation for those harmed by the discriminatory underfunding of First Nations child and family services and those who are denied or delayed in services under Jordan’s Principle, and,

  • long-term reform of the First Nations Child and Family Services program to ensure that no child is discriminated against.

Each step we take takes us further down the road to long-term reform of the First Nations Child and Family Services program and a renewed approach to Jordan’s Principle. We are confident that this will reduce the number of First Nations children in care, keep children connected to their family, community and culture, and ensure First Nations children have access to the products, services and supports they need when and where they need it. “

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SOURCE Indigenous Services Canada