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AFN National Chief to appear at Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in Support of Equity and Fairness for First Nation Children

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  • Don Bain
    From: Tash Cote [mailto:TCote@afn.ca] Sent: February-22-13 10:48 AM Subject: AFN National Chief to appear at Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in Support of
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 22, 2013
      From: Tash Cote [mailto:TCote@...]
      Sent: February-22-13 10:48 AM
      Subject: AFN National Chief to appear at Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in Support of Equity and Fairness for First Nation Children

      February 22, 2013

      Assembly of First Nations National Chief to appear at Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in Support of Equity and Fairness for First Nation Children

      (Ottawa, ON) � Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo will make an opening statement at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Monday, further advocating and supporting the need for equity and fairness for First Nation children, as the Tribunal begins its hearings on First Nation child welfare.

      �There are more First Nation children in care today than during the height of residential schools. This is completely unacceptable. The voices of our young people are gaining strength in the demand for fundamental and transformative change for all First Nations in ways that will unlock potential and support success,� said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. �I look forward to a fair and independent process and more importantly getting to the work of implementing remedies to secure equity, fairness and the supports our children deserve.�

      �Equity for First Nation children and families is essential and necessary to create safety, security and to ensure our children have the opportunity to succeed. All Canadians should be deeply concerned to learn that services for these First Nation children and their families on-reserve fall short of those provided to other Canadian children,� said National Chief Atleo. "Short changing our kids and families has a direct impact on every aspect of our communities� broader socio-economic realties and opportunities. First Nations stand firm in protecting our rights and our children. We will be vigilant, and we will not let them down. All Canadians can and should play a role in achieving remedies that ensure families and children have every opportunity to succeed. Success demands that Governments work respectively and transparently with First Nations guided by the principles of fairness, respect for rights and honouring responsibilities.

      "This case was filed as a last resort after successive governments have failed to implement the solutions that would help First Nations children stay safely in their families,� says FNCFCS Executive Director Dr. Cindy Blackstock. �The Government of Canada needs to do what caring adults do as a matter of course - put children first and end the inequities. We cannot, as a people or a country, afford to discriminate against children as a matter of public policy"

      On February 27, 2007 AFN and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada launched a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The complaint alleges that the Government of Canada had a longstanding pattern of providing less government funding for child welfare services to First Nations children on reserves than is provided to non-Aboriginal children resulting in inequitable services.

      The hearings are expected to continue until August 2013.
      The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada. Follow us on Twitter @AFN_Updates, @AFN_Comms

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      For more information please contact:

      Alain Garon AFN Bilingual Communications Officer
      613-241-6789, ext 382; 613-292-0857 or agaron@...<mailto:agaron@...>


      Le 22 f�vrier 2013

      Le Chef national de l�Assembl�e des Premi�res Nations interviendra devant le Tribunal canadien des droits de la personne en faveur d�un traitement juste et �quitable des enfants des Premi�res Nations

      (Ottawa, ON) � Le Chef national de l�Assembl�e des Premi�res Nations (APN), Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, fera une d�claration pr�liminaire devant le Tribunal canadien des droits de la personne ce lundi, afin de d�fendre et d�invoquer la n�cessit� d�un traitement juste et �quitable des enfants des Premi�res Nations, alors que le Tribunal commencera les audiences sur les services � l�enfance des Premi�res Nations.

      � Les enfants des Premi�res Nations pris en charge par l��tat sont plus nombreux aujourd�hui qu�aux jours les plus sombres des pensionnats indiens. Cela est tout � fait inacceptable. Nos jeunes citoyens font de plus en plus entendre leur voix en faveur de changements fondamentaux et transformateurs pour toutes les Premi�res Nations, lesquels permettront de lib�rer leur potentiel et de soutenir leur r�ussite �, a d�clar� le Chef national de l�APN, Shawn Atleo. � J�attends avec impatience l�adoption d�un processus juste et ind�pendant, et plus important encore, la mise en �uvre de solutions visant � garantir l��quit�, la justice et le soutien que nos enfants m�ritent. �

      � L��quit� pour les enfants et les familles des Premi�res Nations constitue une valeur essentielle et n�cessaire afin d'assurer leur s�curit� et de faire en sorte que nos enfants aient la possibilit� de r�ussir. Tous les Canadiens devraient �tre profond�ment constern�s d�apprendre que les services destin�s � ces enfants des Premi�res Nations et � leur famille vivant dans les r�serves sont de qualit� inf�rieure � ceux fournis aux autres enfants canadiens �, a expliqu� le Chef national Atleo. � Le fait de spolier ainsi nos enfants et nos familles a une incidence directe sur chaque aspect des r�alit�s et des possibilit�s socio-�conomiques de nos communaut�s. Les Premi�res Nations continuent de faire preuve de fermet� pour prot�ger leurs droits et leurs enfants. Nous serons vigilants et nous ne les abandonnerons pas. Tous les Canadiens peuvent et doivent jouer un r�le dans l�adoption de solutions qui garantissent aux familles et aux enfants toutes les chances possibles de r�ussite. Cette r�ussite exige des gouvernements de collaborer avec les Premi�res Nations de mani�re transparente, guid�s par les principes de justice et de respect des droits et des responsabilit�s. �

      � Ce dossier a �t� d�pos� en dernier recours, apr�s les �checs r�p�t�s des gouvernements successifs � mettre en �uvre des solutions qui aideraient les enfants des Premi�res Nations � vivre aupr�s de leur famille en toute s�curit� �, a d�clar� Cindy Blackstock, directrice g�n�rale de la SSEFPNC. � Le gouvernement du Canada se doit d�agir en adulte responsable, c'est-�-dire accorder la priorit� aux enfants et mettre fin aux in�galit�s. Nous ne pouvons, � titre de citoyens ou de pays, nous permettre de faire preuve de discrimination � l�endroit des enfants, dans l�int�r�t public. �

      Le 27 f�vrier 2007, l'APN et la Soci�t� de soutien � l�enfance et � la famille des Premi�res Nations du Canada ont d�pos� une plainte devant la Commission canadienne des droits de la personne. La plainte all�gue que le gouvernement du Canada manifeste depuis longtemps une tendance � octroyer moins de fonds publics aux services d�aide sociale � l�enfance destin�s aux enfants des Premi�res Nations vivant dans les r�serves qu�� ceux offerts aux enfants non autochtones, tendances se traduisant par une in�galit� des services.

      Les audiences devraient se poursuivre jusqu�en ao�t 2013.
      L�Assembl�e des Premi�res Nations est l�organisme national qui repr�sente les citoyens des Premi�res Nations au Canada. Suivez l�APN sur Twitter � @AFN_Updates et @AFN_Comms.

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      Renseignements :

      Alain Garon, agent de communications bilingue, APN
      613-241-6789, poste 382; 613-292-0857, ou agaron@...<mailto:agaron@...>





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