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Withdrawal of judicial review a relief for Anishinabek Nation

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Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Reg Niganobe welcomes the announcement Canada will be withdrawing its application for judicial review of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal dealing with child and welfare services.

Niganobe says it is relief that capital assets will be available for First Nation communities and Jordan’s Principle service providers.

He says that will assist them in accessing the resources required for capital infrastructure with 22 Anishinabek First Nations having enacted the Anishinabek Nation Child Well-Being Law to protect the children.

Niganobe says it is anticipated that further information in applying for the funds is expected this month, adding information and applications will be made public through the Indigenous Services Canada website.

“All children and youth have the right to be safe and cared for – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually – by their family, extended family and communities. We want to commend the continued

efforts of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, the Assembly of First Nations, the Chiefs of Ontario, and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation who negotiated an Agreement-in-Principle with the federal

government that lead us to this unified approach,” adds Niganobe. “We hope the federal government will continue these negotiations in a good way to find meaningful and impactful solutions that address the need for compensation and long-term reform of First Nations child and family services.

Relevant Links:

∙        Summary of CHRT Ruling

∙        CHRT Ruling

∙        Draft Anishinabek Nation Child Well-Being Law

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