SYSTEMIC DISCRIMINATION MUST END IN CANADA

(Ottawa) Today the Human Rights Tribunal ruled that the federal government discriminates against First Nation children on reserves by failing to provide the same level of child welfare services that exist elsewhere.

"Today's historic decision recognizes a wrong that has been perpetuated for too long in Canada: discrimination against First Nations children exists, it is systemic and it must end." said MP Niki Ashton (Churchill-Keewatinook Aski).

Ashton acknowledged the many families, advocates, front line workers and leaders in Northern Manitoba who were part of the fight at the federal level. "The reality of underfunding is clear throughout our North. Today's decision makes clear that the Department knew that their program resulted in families being broken up, but they failed to act to fix this social upheaval," said Ashton.

"The government needs to act immediately to right this wrong by delivering the money needed to equitably fund these important services in the upcoming budget. New Democrats are ready to help right this historic wrong. We cannot fail another generation of First Nations children.”