NAFC welcomes Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling
OTTAWA, ONTARIO – (Jan. 26, 2016) – The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) welcomes today’s ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal recognizing discriminatory funding practices to First Nations child welfare agencies on reserve. The NAFC congratulates Dr. Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations for their strength and determined efforts in seeking justice for First Nations children in Canada.
Further, the NAFC welcomes comments made by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould accepting the Tribunal’s ruling and in accepting the challenge of seeking equitable funding for child welfare agencies.
The NAFC believes that additional support for First Nations children and for all Indigenous children living in Canada must be a priority for all levels of government. Many Indigenous families served by Friendship Centres have relocated to urban centres due to lack of resources on reserve. The NAFC welcomes this ruling as a first step in improving access to crucial social services as well as a call for improved funding.
“The Friendship Centre Movement continues to work hard for the betterment of Indigenous families in urban areas and welcomes this ruling as an opportunity to work with partners to ensure Indigenous children lead healthy and prosperous lives,” said Nelson Mayer, NAFC President.
The NAFC offers its full support and commitment to working with national Aboriginal organizations and the federal government to ensure safe futures for all Indigenous children.
About the NAFC
Established in 1972, the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) represents a network of 118 Friendship Centres from coast-to-coast-to-coast. For over 60 years, Friendship Centres have been the primary providers of culturally enhanced programs and services for Indigenous people living in urban areas.
For more information contact:
Alysha A. Cunningham
Communications and Social Media Officer
National Association of Friendship Centres
T: (613) 563-4844 ext. 320