A landmark human rights ruling last month awarded compensation to First Nations children apprehended by on-reserve child welfare services. More Indigenous children have been removed from their families and are in foster care today than were in residential schools at the height of that system. Yet, while acknowledging Indigenous child welfare is a "humanitarian crisis," the Federal Government is challenging the ruling and resisting compensation.
Derek's and Roy's piece discusses the background of this issue, the chronic underfunding of on-reserve programs, and the systemic inaction leading to the current status quo.
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