AMC opposes the Trudeau government’s decision to seek judicial review in the decision to compensate First Nations children
October 4, 2019
Treaty One Territory, Manitoba
Treaty One Territory, MB. _ The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) is dismayed by the breaking news of the federal government’s decision to challenge the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) order to compensate First Nations children who were harmed by the child welfare system.
Today, the Attorney General of Canada filed an appeal of the compensation order and asks that the order be canceled.
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.
Today the Trudeau government made the decision to appeal the CHRT order. The federal Conservative Party already indicated that, if elected, they would judicially review the decision. Only the federal NDP and Green Party indicated they would honour the compensation amount.