Federal Court's decision related to Canadian Human Rights Tribunal orders

Statement

Ottawa, Ontario (October, 1, 2021)

On September 29, 2021, the Federal Court dismissed Canada's application to judicially review the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) orders regarding:

  • compensation for harms to First Nations children who were in care of First Nations Child and Family Services agencies, as well as those who were impacted by the government's interpretation of Jordan's Principle; and,
  • the Tribunal's definition of who is a First Nations child under Jordan's Principle.

Canada is reviewing the Federal Court's decision and further information will be forthcoming.

Canada remains committed to compensating First Nations children who were removed from their families and communities and to continue implementing significant reform of the First Nation Child and Family Services Program, recognizing that class actions have been filed, including by the Assembly of First Nations and Moushoom. Jordan's Principle continues to ensure that First Nations children can access the products, services and supports they need when they need them. 

We continue to work with Indigenous governing bodies to implement An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, under which First Nations are enabled to exercise their jurisdiction in relation to child and family services and make decisions in the best interest of their children.

These are important steps in redressing the intergenerational impacts of colonization.

Contacts

Media Relations
Indigenous Services Canada
819-953-1160
SAC.media.ISC@canada.ca

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