Canada's actions since the January 2016 CHRT decision
A Summary of actions taken to address CHRT rulings
- Been implementing orders of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, including through:
- Budget 2016 investments of $634.8 million over 5 years for child & family services, and additional investments to respond to Tribunal orders;
- Working with relevant partners to define the policy and funding needed to address gaps and include it in Budget 2018.
- Established trilateral tables (federal-provincial-Indigenous) in every jurisdiction focused on reform.
- Hosted an Emergency Meeting on First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation Child and Family Services involving Indigenous partners, Provincial and Territorial Ministers, as well as youth representatives, experts and advocates, and committed to six points of action, one of which is to fully implement all orders of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, and reform child and family services.
- Re-established the National Advisory Committee on First Nations Child and Family Services Program Reform, involving the Assembly of First Nations and the First Nations Family and Caring Society.
- Signed agreements with First Nations leadership and organizations, including the First Nations Leadership Council, the First Nations Health Council, the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Nishnawbe Aski Nation and the Chiefs of Ontario to support reform efforts.
- Supported many community well-being prevention initiatives, such as the $500,000 announced to support Ma Mawi Chi Itata Centre Inc. in Manitoba to expand its family group conferencing services; and
In response to the new ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, Canada has:
- Held a discussion with all of the parties and intervenors, and had a number of individual discussions with the parties and intervenors, to support Canada to fully implement the orders;
- Sent a letter to First Nations Child and Family Services Agencies about reimbursing them for their actual costs in the areas ordered by the Tribunal, as part of Canada's ongoing efforts to provide agencies with the funding they need to meet the best interests and needs of First Nations children and families;
- Developed a plan to share with the parties for how to work with experts to analyze agency needs and develop an alternative system for funding them;
- Sent a letter to stakeholders in Ontario regarding the reimbursement of costs related to mental health services for First Nations children and youth; and
- Sent a letter to Bands in Ontario regarding the reimbursement of costs related to the provision of Band Representative Services.
This is in addition to Canada's ongoing work with the Ontario Technical Table on Child and Family Well-being on an Ontario Special Study, and with Nishnawbe Aski Nation to develop a remoteness quotient for First Nations delegated agencies in Northern Ontario.
As part of its commitment to reform the program, Canada will continue to work with First Nations and provincial/Yukon partners across the country to fundamentally change the system truly child-centred, community-directed, and focused on prevention.
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