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The Tribunal and INAC: A Dialogue About Systemic Remedies

The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society was before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal again recently. The Society claims that Indigenous and Northern Affairs (“INAC”) has not complied with the Tribunal's orders and it has asked the Tribunal for a non-compliance order. The issue is the ongoing under-funding of the on-reserve child welfare system, which results in Indigenous children going without services and being removed from their families, in disproportionately high numbers.

In its decision on the merits, issued in January 2016 (83 C.H.R.R. D/207), the Tribunal found that the complaint of systemic discrimination was substantiated; it ordered the federal government to cease its discriminatory practices, and to reform the First Nations child welfare program. The...

What Was Said

Denial of Coverage for Medical Marijuana Discriminatory

… reliance on Health Canada's non-approval of medical marijuana under the Food and Drugs Act is not a sufficient justification in the face of numerous appellate decisions that have found, based on anecdotal and expert evidence, a significant benefit to some patients from using medical marijuana. The expert evidence...

Human Rights Digest 18-1, January 2017