Be a Witness to a historical event – the Federal Court Appeal on the First Nations Human Rights case

The appeal is open to the public and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society urges as many people as possible to learn more and take part in this historic event.

Feb. 13 – 15 th, 2012
9:30 am ~ 4:30 pm (10:30, 2:30 coffee break & noon-1pm lunch break)
Supreme Court of Canada 
301 Wellington St. Ottawa on unceded Algonquin Territory

The legal councils of Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, Canadian Human Rights Commission, Chiefs of Ontario, Amnesty International and Canada will present their arguments throughout these 3 days.

Be there to listen what they have to say!

Tentative schedule:

Day 1 – Canadian Human Rights Commission, The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, and The Chiefs of Ontario
Day 2 – The Chiefs of Ontario, Amnesty International, The Aseembly of First Nations, and Attorney General
Day 3 – Replies: Commission / Caring Society / AFN

For a summary of the legal arguments of each party to this Federal Court Appeal: http://www.fncfcs.com/sites/default/files/fnwitness/witness-factum-summary.pdf

Please fill the doodle below and let us know when you plan to attend the hearing. This will help us keep track of the number of supporters. There is room for only 75 observers in the Federal Court room , however, an overflow room is also planned. The goal is to fill the court-room for both the morning and afternoon sessions of all three days.

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If you are signing up as individuals who have no preference for either the morning or the afternoon, please consider coming for the afternoon sessions as we would like to give preference to teachers/professors and their students for the morning.

For details about this historical human rights case: www.fnwitness.ca

In the Spirit of Reconciliation

This February 14th, 2012 
Let’s Have a Heart for First Nations Children in Canada

February 14 is a Have a Heart Day for First Nations Children

At 10:30 am come to the Parliament Hill on unceded Algonquin Territory to be in solidarity with all First Nations Children,
Demand CULTURALLY BASED EQUITY!

Bring your creative signs!!

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From February 13th to 15th, the Federal Court will hear an appeal on a human rights case that challenges Canada’s racially discriminatory underfunding of children’s welfare services on First Nations reserves by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (the Caring Society) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). Timed to coincide with this hearing, the Caring Society has declared February 14th “Have a Heart Day for First Nations children”.

For more details: https://ipsmo.wordpress.com/first-nations-child-welfare/

For a summary of the legal arguments of each party to this Federal Court Appeal: http://www.fncfcs.com/sites/default/files/fnwitness/witness-factum-summary.pdf

Allies of First Nations children, led by the students of Lady Evelyn Alternative School and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School joined by the other high school students in the local area, are organizing a rally on Parliament Hill to show Canada we care about First Nations children!

Tuesday, February 14th 
10:30 am ~ 11:45 am
Parliament Hill, unceded Algonquin Territory

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We are calling upon peoples at all ages to join the children and youth in the rally on Feb. 14 at 10:30 am.

If the Caring Society and AFN are successful in this human rights case, it will set a precedent to address funding inequities in all areas on reserves, including housing, education, recreation, health care, clean water and sanitation. Canada is not arguing this case on the facts relevant to whether discrimination is occurring rather they are trying to avoid a hearing on this matter using legal loopholes.

Tentative Schedule:

10:30  Kitigan Zibi First Nation children and youth welcome students
10:35  Wesley Prankard of northernstarfish.org speaks about making a positive difference for First Nations children
10:40  Annie Atnikov, Lisa Howell and Cindy Blackstock announce new book “Children have Power”
10:45  Lady Evelyn Students (3-5) read letters or portions thereof
11:00  Pierre Elliott Trudeau Students (3-5 ) read letters or portions thereof
11:15  Kitigan Zibi First Nation Students (3-5) read letters of portions thereof
11:30  Children put letters into the mail box
11:35  Charlie Angus leads children singing Diamonds in the snow and children make snow angels on the way to their buses:)Together, we demand Culturally Based Equity for all peoples!!

source: First Nations Child and Families Caring Society