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First Nations Child and Family Human Rights Hearing

10/17/2014 03:45 EDT | Updated 12/17/2014 05:59 EST

During the week of October 20-24, the human rights case brought before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (Tribunal) jointly by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (Caring Society) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) will have its final arguments heard.

The Caring Society and the AFN maintain that the federally operated First Nation child and family services program (program) is flawed and inequitable when compared with non-Aboriginal programs offering the same services and that the federal government has failed to implement Jordan's Principle, which would ensure that funding disputes between the federal and provincial government do not result in further unnecessary tragic deaths of our children.

The Caring Society seeks change to the program that will compensate children who have been wrongfully removed from their homes, address the discrimination in the current system, implement Jordan's Principle and prevent future discrimination occurrences.

At this time, protests have been planned as First Nations people speak out against systemic discrimination within the federal government and call for justice, encouraging the Tribunal to make the right decision. I am asking for your support as a Member of Parliament and representative of our community to lobby for the changes requested by the Caring Society and AFN, so that First Nation citizens can have a child and family services program that is fair and effective in strengthening the First Nation family unit.

I thank you for your time and attention to this crucial matter and urge you to lobby on behalf of First Nation communities for this important change.