Indigenous Leaders ‘Confounded’ as Ottawa Appeals Order to Compensate Kids – The Tyee

Government says the legal move is needed to negotiate an agreement and fix broken child welfare system.

The federal government has put forward an appeal to a Federal Court ruling upholding compensation orders for up to 165,000 First Nations kids and families discriminated against by the child welfare system.

However, at a press conference Friday, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Marc Miller said the appeal — while formally filed — is on pause while Ottawa works to reach an out-of-court agreement with Indigenous groups. Miller made the announcement alongside Justice Minister David Lammetti and was joined virtually by Patty Hajdu, minister of Indigenous Services.

Starting Monday, Ottawa will sit down with the Assembly of First Nations and the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society to negotiate a financial package that will not only compensate the children affected, but reform a “broken” child welfare system and settle three class action lawsuits filed on behalf of First Nations youth.

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