First Nations Child and Family Caring Society
The children speak in this video on human rights for Canada's FIrst Nations living on reserves.

Native Children Ask for Equal Rights in 'Letters to Canada' Video


As the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the First Nations Children & Family Caring Society duke it out in the courts and before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, the children who are the subject of the debate articulate their wish to be treated equally. First Nations children who live on-reserve are covered by the feds, and they get 22 percent less per capita in benefits than their off-reserve counterparts, whose welfare services are covered by the provincial and territorial governments. Canada has spent about $3 million to try and avoid going before the tribunal, saying that it doesn't make sense to compare provincial and federal funding in that way. But prominent aboriginal children's advocate Cindy Blackstock, head of the Caring Society, begs to differ, alleging in her case that such practices are tantamount to discrimination. Meanwhile there are more children in foster care than there were in residential schools during the height of the boarding-school era, some claim.

In this video, the children speak. 

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Too many characters to tweet, please correct so we can share video, thanks, Kate

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Submitted by R Don Peel on
Are there not binding obligations within the original treaties? The UN Human Rights Commission has given the Canadian Government much criticism over the lack of action in indigenous issues. The best case scenario is having an international court review the original treaties and assess what is owed to the Indigenous Peoples. Has that ever been considered?

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i feel sad for all the aboriginal people and i hope someone changes what is going on