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

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

PURPOSE: To witness the motion to dismiss the Human Rights Hearings on whether or not the federal government is treating First Nations children fairly.
DATE: June 2 and 3, 2010 (9:30-5:00)
LOCATION: The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, 11th floor, 160 Elgin Street, Ottawa ALGONQUIN TERRITORY

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society is trying to get as much support out to 160 Elgin Street as possible on June 2nd and 3rd.  The hearings begin at 9:30, break at 12:00 for lunch and then go until 5:00.  If people could come even for a part of that time (like an hour or so) it would be great.

Please click here to read the message from Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society.

This is a historic case because it would be the first time in Canadian history that a Tribunal hearing has dealt with a whole people being discriminated against (systemic discrimination), not just individuals.  The impact would be immense.  Please come out and show our solidarity with First Nations children and families.

BACKGROUND

On Feb. 26, 2007, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (FNCFCS) filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) alleging that Canada is racially discriminating against First Nations children by providing less child welfare funding, and thus benefits, on reserves.

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