Trudeau and gov­ern­ment must act now

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION - RE: Ot­tawa’s in­ac­tion on indige­nous chil­dren

The Gov­ern­ment of Canada must make good on its com­mit­ment to hon­our the Jan­uary 2016 rul­ing by the Cana­dian Hu­man Rights Tri­bunal which found on­go­ing racial dis­crim­i­na­tion re­sult­ing in in­equitable fund­ing for First Na­tions chil­dren. Do­ing so is not sim­ply the right thing to do; it is legally re­quired.

Ad­di­tion­ally, with ris­ing rates of teen sui­cides within Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties, there is an ur­gent need for a na­tional sui­cide strat­egy and it is vi­tal that pre­ven­tive and cri­sis ser­vices are ac­ces­si­ble. If not, what does the fu­ture hold for our chil­dren and our com­mu­ni­ties? Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau, we are call­ing on you and your gov­ern­ment to take ac­tion now. Joan MacKen­zie, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, On­tario As­so­ci­a­tion of So­cial Work­ers

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