The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that the Canadian government has been discriminating against children on First Nations reserves by failing to provide them with the same level of welfare services as other children. Here’s one news report.
Today, those who have been fighting this case through the courts are celebrating because the government must now right those injustices. The pictures of the children who are victims of inadequate services are concerning. The stories being told are even more appalling. One woman is being given a lot of credit for the Tribunal ruling.
The advocate who has worked tirelessly on behalf of the First Nations children is Dr. Cindy Blackstock. She is the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada . Her dogged determination over many years is to be applauded. Although she probably wouldn’t want the spotlight to be on her, she serves as a role model for all of us who are trying to correct inequities in treatment of children.
To ensure that gifted children receive the support and educational programs they need, we must follow Dr. Blackstone’s example.