06/09/2015 04:00 EDT | Updated 06/09/2016 01:12 EDT

Tribunal orders $20,000 payment to activist kept from meeting

OTTAWA - An aboriginal child welfare advocate says she welcomes a recent ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, which found a government official was wrong to bar her from a ministerial meeting six years ago.Cindy Blackstock, president of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, says the tribunal's finding has vindicated her.The tribunal has ordered the Aboriginal Affairs Department to pay her $20,000 for pain and suffering and for which it called the reckless conduct of David McArthur, former special assistant to then-minister Chuck Strahl.McArthur now is chief of staff to Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford.Blackstock says she was the only person barred from the meeting, despite having the proper clearances.She says she will donate the money to children's charities.

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