The B.C. All Chiefs’ Task Force is proud to support the I am a Witness Campaign (www.fnwitness.ca).

First Nations children are drastically over represented in child welfare care. As of May of 2005, the Wen:de study found that 0.67% of non Aboriginal children were in child welfare care in three sample provinces in Canada as compared to 10.23% of status Indian children. Overall there are more First Nations children in child welfare care in Canada than at the height of residential schools.

First Nations children are entering child welfare care at increasing rates. According to federal government figures the number of status Indian children entering child welfare care rose 71.5% nationally between 1995-2001.

In this resolve, the All Chiefs’ support Jordan’s Principle (http://www.fncfcs.com/more/jordansPrinciple.php)  calling upon all provincial and territorial governments as well as the government of Canada to immediately adopt a child first principle to resolving jurisdictional disputes involving the care of First Nations children.

The Canadian Human Rights tribunal on First Nations child welfare is March 29th, details are below:

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

> March 29, 2010 (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) 160 Elgin St – 11th Floor, Ottawa, Ontario

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network motion to broadcast the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations child welfare. The following parties are in support of having the proceedings broadcasted (Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, Canadian Human Rights Commission, Chiefs of Ontario). The Government of Canada is the only party that opposes broadcasting the proceedings.  The Caring society filed over a dozen affidavits sworn by First Nations Elders, leaders, youth and citizens stating their view that the proceedings should be broadcast so they can be accessible to people across Canada.  This hearing is open to the public!

Below is more information on First Nations child welfare:

WHY THE WORLD NEEDS TO WATCH: THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT HELD TO ACCOUNT FOR RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AGAINST INDIGENOUS CHILDREN BEFORE THE CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL

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