Canada ad­vised to spend less fight­ing Abo­rig­i­nal Peo­ples in court

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

OT­TAWA — The sole in­dige­nous mem­ber of Finance Min­is­ter Bill Morneau's eco­nomic ad­vi­sory coun­cil says Canada would be well ad­vised to spend less money fight­ing Abo­rig­i­nal Peo­ples in court and to spend more meet­ing its obli­ga­tions and com­mit­ments. Carol Anne Hil­ton, a CEO and busi­ness en­tre­pre­neur re­cently tapped to of­fer the gov­ern­ment ad­vice, says the fed­eral bud­get un­veiled last week was an op­por­tune time to re­flect on re­cent find­ings from the Cana­dian Hu­man Rights Tri­bunal to ad­dress the un­der­fund­ing of child wel­fare ser­vices on re­serves. She says it will be very clear in the next bud­get how Canada in­tends to ap­proach the un­der­fund­ing prob­lem. First Na­tions child wel­fare ad­vo­cate Cindy Black­stock says fed­eral fund­ing ear­marked in last week's fis­cal blue­print _ specif­i­cally $71 mil­lion in the first year _ does not meet the le­gal obli­ga­tion out­lined by the tri­bunal. As pres­i­dent of First Na­tions Child and Fam­ily Car­ing So­ci­ety, Black­stock spent nearly a decade fight­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, along with the Assem­bly of First Na­tions, over the chronic un­der­fund­ing of child wel­fare ser­vices on re­serve.

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