November 14, 2017
UFCW Canada has launched a new campaign demanding equity for First Nations children in Canada. As part of the campaign, Canada’s leading union is calling on Jane Philpott, the federal Minister of Indigenous Services, to address the flawed delivery and inadequate funding of health care, education, and other social services for First Nations children.
It has been 10 years since Cindy Blackstock and the Assembly of First Nations took the federal government to court, citing discrimination against Indigenous children in the delivery of social services and the implementation of Jordan’s Principle. Since then, the government has failed to comply with three non-compliance orders issued by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, while refusing to take effective remedial actions at the policy and program levels.
As a result, the situation for First Nations children remains grave in many parts of the country.