There is a pipeline from Canada’s broken foster care system to Canada’s poorest neighbourhood. And the government spied on the researcher who tried to do something about it.
This research is the basis for Blackstock’s complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. She alleges that the Department of Indian and Norther Affairs is not providing the same level of social services on reserves as what is available to families off reserve. Blackstock says this is inequitable, and thus discriminatory under the Canadian Human Rights Act. You can find out more about her challenge at fnwitness.ca.
Blackstock, Cindy. “The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations Child Welfare: Why If Canada Wins, Equality and Justice Lose.” Children and Youth Services Review 33.1 (2011): 187–194. ScienceDirect.
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