‘You’re loved’: Plaintiffs in AFN class-action discuss healing journey, fight for child welfare justice – APTN News

‘You’re loved’: Plaintiffs in AFN class-action discuss healing journey, fight for child welfare justice – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on February 13, 202044 Views

February 12, 2020

Ashley Dawn Bach drinks tea in a loud corner of a coffee shop in the heart of the nation’s capital. Businesspeople chatter in the background and, not far away, politicians come and go on Parliament Hill.

You wouldn’t know it by her smile or her positive attitude.

But Ashley is a plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit that wants to win $10-billion from the government for its discriminatory underfunding of the First Nation child welfare system on reserves and in the Yukon.

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) filed the suit on Jan. 28. It still needs to be certified by a court. The government has until the end of the month to file a statement of defence.

“Year after year, decade after decade, generation after generation, the Crown has systematically discriminated against First Nation Children because of their race, nationality and ethnicity and created a Removed Child Class,” wrote lawyers from Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP in the statement of claim.

Read More: https://aptnnews.ca/2020/02/12/youre-loved-plaintiffs-in-afn-class-action-discuss-healing-journey-fight-for-child-welfare-justice/

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