Human rights tribunal critical of Ottawa, child welfare case
OTTAWA — The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal is pushing back the deadline for Ottawa to get rolling on compensation for First Nations children and their families over child welfare services.
The tribunal sent a letter to the government, as well as the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and other parties in the case, saying they now have until Jan. 29, 2020, to figure out a way forward on the compensation package.
The human rights tribunal ruled in September that Ottawa was to pay $40,000 to all First Nations children who had been inappropriately placed in foster care because of the federal government’s continued underfunding of the child welfare system for children living on reserve. The panel gave the parties until Dec. 10 to discuss how to identify those who should receive the money and how the funds would be distributed.
Ottawa went to Federal Court to challenge the order and a decision is still pending after arguments were heard earlier this week.
The panel says in the letter that it “does not appreciate” Ottawa forcing the tribunal to push back the deadline by going to court and refusing to do anything to work on the compensation package in the meantime.