AMC disappointed with Federal Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer’s call for a judicial review of Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision

October 4, 2019

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba

AMC Communications

Treaty One Territory, MB.  _ The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) is disappointed with the federal Conservative Party’s platform announced by federal Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer.  Scheer went on record to state that, if elected, he would seek a judicial review of a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) decision to compensate First Nations children who were harmed by the on-reserve child welfare system.

On September 6, 2019, the CHRT ordered the federal government to pay the maximum amount allowable under the Canadian Human Rights Act to compensate First Nations children, youth and families harmed by the child welfare system due to Canada’s discriminatory implementation of Jordan’s Principle. The CHRT ordered the federal government to pay $40,000 to each child apprehended from homes and communities under the on-reserve child welfare system, and also compensate some of the parents and grandparents of children who were apprehended.

On October 3, 2019, Andrew Scheer expressed concern of the compensation amount.   He said that it would be “appropriate” to seek a judicial review of the CHRT order. Following the comments, a federal Conservative Party spokesperson acknowledged that Scheer is unable to judicially review the CHRT decision, and clarified that Scheer would have done so if he were prime minister today.

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