Human rights tribunal says Indigenous Services minister, AFN misled public on $20B child welfare deal – CBC

Dec 22, 2022

Federal minister, national First Nations advocacy organization didn’t say some victims would be left out

Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu and the Assembly of First Nations misled the public by not disclosing the fact that their $20-billion child welfare compensation deal left out some victims and reduced payments for others, says the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

The tribunal came to that conclusion in a Dec. 20 ruling obtained by CBC News that expands on its reasons for rejecting the child welfare agreement.

Last October, the tribunal concluded that the deal failed to ensure that each First Nations child and caregiver entitled to compensation under its human rights orders would receive $40,000 — even though Hajdu told the public that was the baseline for compensation.

When the final settlement agreement between Ottawa and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) was first announced last January, Hajdu said that “$40,000 is the floor and there may be circumstances where people are entitled to more.”

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