First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFCS) Breaking News

January 10, 2010

In a letter on January 8, 2010, Chair Shirish Chotalia (who was newly appointed by the Conservative Government on November 2, 2009) vacated all tribunal hearing dates for January and February 2010 and has apparently decided to hear Canada’s motion to dismiss the tribunal.We are surprised that Chair Chotalia has agreed to hear Canada’s motion to dismiss given that the federal court has already reviewed the matter and ruled against the Canadian Government. These decisions by the Chair were unexpected and cause us great concern. If the original schedule of hearings established by Chair Sinclair were respected by the incoming Chair we would have already concluded three weeks of witness testimony on this important matter by month’s end. Given Chotalia’s interventions not one word of witness evidence has been entered into the record.
We are exploring all options to respond to this recent development and will keep you posted.

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