Cindy Blackstock is the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. In 2007, along with the Assembly of First Nations, she launched a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal saying the federal government was intentionally underfunding services for Indigenous children. Now nearly 15 years later, following many trips to court, arguing against Canada, the government has finally announced money to address ongoing systemic issues.
While details are still to come, so far $20 billion will go towards compensating children and families that suffered through the child welfare system on reserves, and other public services Indigenous children did not have equal access to; and $20 billion will go towards systemic reform over the next five years.
While the NWT is not a part of the compensation for the child welfare system, resident can be eligible for funding under Jordan’s Principle.
You can listen to an edited version of her interview with CKLB’s Francis Tessier-Burns below.
Or watch an unedited version.