First Nations chiefs are expressing outrage and disappointment at the federal government's decision to appeal a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling ordering Ottawa to pay billions of dollars in compensation to First Nations children and their families separated by a chronically underfunded child-welfare system.
Andrew Scheer was out promoting his plan to tackle gang-related violence on Friday, October 4, 2019, but found himself on the defensive about his dual citizenship and other tight spots instead of the signature Conservative tough-on-crime agenda.
A Friday, September 6, 2019, ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal about Canada's treatment of Indigenous children demands a full investigation of the federal Indigenous-affairs department, says child-welfare advocate Cindy Blackstock.
Indigenous children face the highest rates of poverty in the country, with almost one in every two living in households with low incomes, says a new study that shows little improvement in the situation over the last decade.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government continues to "engage deeply with leaders and communities" when he was asked whether he would visit an Indigenous protest on the Saskatchewan legislature grounds.
Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott is calling for an emergency meeting early next year on Aboriginal child welfare, likening the current state of affairs to Canada's residential school legacy that forcibly removed young people from their culture and families.