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Canada announces $ 31 billion to compensate indigenous children

Part of the coverage includes approximately $ 15 billion for potentially hundreds of thousands of indigenous children who were taken away from their families, were not serviced, or were delayed in service. increase.

Funding for reform and preventive services should begin to flow in April, but may not be able to address deep-seated issues, says Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. (Reuters)

Canada has signed two agreements totaling $ 31.5 billion to compensate indigenous children who have been taken away from their families and put into child welfare systems and to reform the system to eliminate them and deprive them of the services they need. Announced.

The agreement includes approximately $ 15 billion for potentially hundreds of thousands of indigenous children who have been taken away from their families, unserviced, or have experienced delays in receiving service. I am. Over $ 15 billion is to reform the system over the next five years.

The agreement comes almost 15 years after a society that cares for indigenous children and families raises human rights complaints.

The Canadian Human Rights Court has repeatedly found that child and family services are discriminated against in First Nations children.

Canada admitted that the system was discriminatory, but repeatedly fought orders to pay compensation and fund reforms, including an appeal filed last year.

Canada is also fighting a class action proceeding on behalf of indigenous children whose compensation agreement is about to be resolved.

Justice Minister David Rametti said Tuesday that the government would withdraw the appeal if the deal was completed months ahead.

Purpose of financing

The reform agreement includes preventive care of $ 1,967 per child and provisions for foster care children over the age of 18.

Funding for reform and preventive services should begin to flow in April, but may not be able to address deep-seated issues, said Cindy Blackstock, Managing Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.

“I see it as a paper word,” she told Reuters.

“I judge victory when I can step into the community and the child can tell me” my life is better than yesterday. ” Nothing in these words really changes the lives of children until it is done. “

David Stern, a lawyer representing the affected indigenous children and their families, said at a news conference that this would be the settlement of Canada’s largest class proceedings in history.

“The enormousness of this settlement is due to one reason and one reason, and it is the full extent of the harm done to the members of the class,” he said.

At a press conference, Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu vowed to end discrimination against indigenous children who are overrated by foster parents throughout Canada.

“Canada’s decisions and actions have harmed indigenous children, families and communities,” she said. “Discrimination has caused intergenerational harm and loss. Those losses are irreversible, but I believe healing is possible.”

Source: Reuters

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