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Canada to reform child welfare system with C$40BN agreement

More than 20,000 people and families in Canada now stand a chance to benefit from the country’s C$40BN deal. The agreement will help better the child welfare system of the nations and reimburse families that suffered due to the previously incapable system. 

The formerly flawed system showed a long-standing tradition of uprooting children to place them in state care as opposed to the safety of their homes. Owing to their Indigenous roots, several received below-par medical assistance and were denied aid. 

Hence, Canada is now on the journey to improve its child welfare system, which was previously found to be discriminatory, as stated by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) and federal court. About half of the $40bn will be required to achieve this hallmark vision. 

The rest of the resources will be put into recompensing the First Nations people of the country affected by the Yukon child welfare system. The scheme is to reimburse people denied medical care or services and more, starting from 1 April 1991 to 31 March 2022.

Minister of Indigenous services, Patty Hajdu, shared, “For too long, the Government of Canada did not adequately fund or support the wellness of First Nations families and children.” 

“No compensation amount can make up for the trauma people have experienced, but these agreements-in-principle acknowledge to survivors and their families the harm and pain caused by the discrimination in funding and services,” added the minister. 

“This wasn’t and isn’t about parenting. This is about poverty and First Nations children being removed from their families and communities instead of provided help with food, clothing or shelter,” said Cindy Woodhouse of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). 

And yet, many are not convinced by the non-binding agreement. Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, said, “I see it as words on paper. Nothing changes in the lives of children today.”

The deal comes after several thousand bodies of children were found at the locations of residential schools in Canada and the USA. 


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