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Fall 2007, Volume 6, No. 1 >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17131

Title: Residential Schools: Did They Really Close or Just Morph Into Child Welfare?
Authors: Blackstock, Cindy
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2007
Publisher: Indigenous Law Journal
Abstract: Minister Jane Stewart made the Statement of Reconciliation in 1998, two years after the last residential school closed in 1996. This statement acknowledged the multigenerational harms arising from the forced placement of Aboriginal children in residential schools, thereby creating opportunities for restitution and, equally important, learning by government so it does not happen again. Ten years later, on February 23, 2007, National Chief Phil Fontaine announced that the Assembly of First Nations was joining with the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada to file a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission to seek redress for Canada’s inequitable funding policy that contributes to more First Nations children being in state care than at the height of residential schools. If reconciliation means not having to say sorry twice— Canada is failing. This article provides some background on the human rights complaint and sets out some of the evidence supporting the claim.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17131
ISSN: 1703-4566
Rights: Indigenous Law Journal
Appears in Collections:Fall 2007, Volume 6, No. 1

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