National Newswatch

First Nations, political leaders mark Indigenous Peoples Day, recognizing dark truths

Jun 21 2021 — Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — As many settler Canadians gain greater awareness of the dark and disturbing truths about the country's mistreatment of Indigenous populations, political leaders struck conciliatory tones in recognizing National Indigenous People's Day Monday. The normally colourful and celebratory day — which has been marked in Canada since 1996 — came on the heels of […]

Ottawa using “racist” Indian Act to narrow Jordan’s Principle eligibility, AFN argues

Jun 17 2021 — Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada's attempt to narrow the list of First Nations children who can access services under Jordan's Principle is linked to the country's long-standing "racist and colonial" policies toward Indigenous Peoples, lawyers argued in Federal Court Thursday.  Questions about who is considered a First Nations child, and whether this should include children living off-reserve, […]

Child-welfare gaps led to youth suicides, Indigenous group argues at Federal Court

Jun 16 2021 — Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Children and youth in remote First Nations who have died by suicide are a tragic examples showing Canada's harms toward Indigenous kids was wilful and reckless, lawyers argued in Federal Court Wednesday.  Akosua Matthews, representing the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, a political territorial organization representing 49 mainly remote First Nations in northwestern Ontario, says […]

AFN slams Ottawa for ‘heartless’ legal challenge of First Nations child compensation

Jun 15 2021 — Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The Assembly of First Nations is chastising the federal government's legal challenge of a ruling to compensate First Nations children who were unnecessarily taken into foster care as "callous" and "heartless." Lawyers arguing on behalf of the AFN were in Federal Court Tuesday, arguing against Ottawa's attempts to set aside a 2019 Canadian […]

Canada trying to save money at the expense of First Nations kids, lawyer argues

Jun 14 2021 — Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Lawyers arguing on behalf of First Nations children and youth unnecessarily taken from their families by an underfunded and discriminatory child-welfare system say Canada harmed these kids, but is "shamefully" trying to avoid paying for its wrongs.  But even while federal officials insist they believe these children should be compensated, their lawyers argue […]

First Nations child-welfare ruling based on ‘seriously flawed reasoning,’ feds argue

Jun 14 2021 — Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal government is arguing the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal's decision to award $40,000 to each Indigenous child removed from their parents by a systemically underfunded child-welfare system was based on "seriously flawed reasoning." Ottawa’s legal challenge of two rulings involving First Nations children taken into care began the first of five days […]

Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Jun 13 2021 — Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press — Ottawa’s controversial legal challenge of a pair of rulings involving First Nations children torn from their families by a chronically underfunded childcare system heads to Federal Court Monday, despite repeated calls for the cases to be dropped in the name of reconciliation.  The federal government is poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal […]

Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Jun 13 2021 — Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press — Ottawa’s controversial legal challenge of a pair of rulings involving First Nations children torn from their families by a chronically underfunded childcare system heads to Federal Court Monday, despite repeated calls for the cases to be dropped in the name of reconciliation.  The federal government is poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal […]