Child Welfare Complaint Resolution Delayed

Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 15:01



There has been another setback in a Canadian Human Rights Commission complaint filed against the federal government for its treatment of First Nations children.


More than two years ago, the Assembly of First Nations and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada filed a complaint, alleging the government has a long-standing pattern of providing less government funding for child welfare services to First Nations children on reserves than to non-Aboriginal children.


Testimony was supposed to begin this week, but it has been postponed.


In the past, the commission’s tribunal has recommended mediation.


The AFN says it accepted that recommendation three times, but the government refused.