Canada advised to spend less fighting Aboriginal Peoples in court
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.