• By ignoring parental rights, Ontario puts our daughter’s welfare at risk

    Ontario led much of the world in recognizing equal marriage. It has fallen shockingly behind by failing to recognize equal parenting, and equal families. Parental equality will only be achieved when the rights of all parents are taken into account. The morality is clear. When families like mine are excluded from systems of birth registration and parental recognition, then parents just like us are told that we are not good enough and we do not count, and that our rights are somehow precarious, while our friends’ and neighbours’ rights are not.

  • Shameful Neglect Indigenous Child Poverty in Canada

    This report calculates child poverty rates in Canada, and includes the rates on reserves and in territories—something never before examined. The report also disaggregates the statistics and identifies three tiers of poverty for children in Canada, finding the worst poverty experienced by status First Nation children (51%, rising to 60% for children on reserve)… The authors… recommend a poverty reduction plan for reserves that would: report poverty rates on reserves and in the territories; improve direct income support; improve employment prospects on reserves; and begin to implement longer-term solutions.

  • Native child welfare, yes; judicial overstretch, no

    … it is for the government’s budget to allocate spending, if the House of Commons approves it. That is a fundamental convention of the unwritten constitution, going back for many centuries… But last week, the CHRT said that the government hadn’t done enough to fulfill the tribunal’s remedial order. The CHRT is not a court, and its 15 members are not judges. They are appointed for fixed terms, and have a history of pushing and ever torquing the boundaries of human rights law.

  • The bills for treatment of aboriginal people are coming due

    For many decades, the federal and provincial governments have refused responsibility for two of the most disadvantaged groups in the country – the 451,000 Métis people and roughly 214,000 non-status Indians. That left them, as Justice Rosalie Abella wrote this week on behalf of a unanimous court, in a “jurisdictional wasteland with significant and obvious disadvantaging consequences.” … Those costs should not feared… If they are in a better position to contribute, all of Canada will benefit.

  • Constitutional Jurisdiction over the Métis: The question now is what to do with it

    … in numerous examples involving treaties, legislation, residential schools, and other government programs – for good and bad – the evidence disclosed the reality that the federal government often considered Métis, non-status Indians, and persons of mixed ancestry as constitutional “Indians” when it was convenient and expedient to do so, just as it oscillated back and forth in internal legal memorandums about the scope of its constitutional jurisdiction.

  • Poorest children in Canada falling even further behind

    The global report, “UNICEF’s Report Card 13: Fairness for Children,” focused on what is called “bottom-end inequality” — how far the poorest children are allowed to fall behind the average of their peers.
    It looked at the difference in four key areas — income, health, education and life satisfaction — between those children at the bottom 10 per cent of family income and those in the middle… In this latest study, Canada is 26th out of 35 nations.

  • Supreme Court gives rights to Métis, non-status Indians under Canada’s 1867 Constitution

    The Métis are “Indians” within the meaning of Canada’s 1867 Constitution, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday, setting the stage for possible negotiations over land and government education and health programs. And non-status Indians, those of aboriginal ancestry who for various reasons have not been permitted to register for federal benefits, are also within the definition, the court said.

  • How genetic testing can be used against you – and how Bill S-201 could change that

    Canada is the only country in the G7 that does not have a law in place to protect people from discrimination based on their genetics… the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act – which is in the final stages of debate in the Senate. If passed… will make it illegal for anyone to request genetic testing, or to ask a person for results, or collect or disclose the results of a genetic test without the person’s permission.

  • A realistic plan to narrow the income gap

    The [IRPP] and… the Canadian Labour Market and Skills Researcher Network, assembled 27 of the best thinkers in the country to bring their knowledge and ideas to the table. What emerged was a package of measures, ranging from act-now steps to ambitious multi-year proposals… these proposals sound familiar… There’s no mystery about what it takes to make a society fairer. It is a matter of political will.

  • Fiscal policy driven by discrimination

    “It is only because of their race and/or national or ethnic origin that they suffer the adverse impacts . . . . in the provision of child and family services,’’ the Tribunal ruled. “Furthermore, these adverse impacts perpetuate the historical disadvantage and trauma suffered by aboriginal people, in particular as a result of the residential schools system.’’… This discriminatory system did happen under their watch, she says, although most were never made aware of the inequities perpetrated on aboriginal children.