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Federal Government AFN Reachs $ 20 Billion Final Settlement on Indigenous Child Welfare Agreement

Final settlement agreement between the federal government and the First Parliament (AFN).

Otawa, AFN, and the plaintiffs in the two class actions reached a principle agreement earlier this year  . Both parties announced on Monday that an agreement had been reached.

Indigenous Services Canada says the reconciliation is the largest in Canadian history.

In total, $ 20 billion will be available to the following people:

  • People affected by what the government called the "narrow definition" of the Jordanian Principlesused between December 12, 2007 and November 2, 2017 .. ..
  • Between April 1, 1991 and December 11, 2007
  • did not receive mandatory public services, or delayed access to such services child. Children covered by the
  •  contract may also be covered.

    Manitova Regional Chief Cindy Woodhouse said in a media statement that he expects money to begin to arrive next year.

    "During the negotiations, we have kept our children in mind and prayed," Woodhouse said in a statement.

    The final agreement requires approval by the Canadian Human Rights Court and the Federal Court.

    The non-binding agreement signed earlier this year includes $ 20 billion for a long-term reform of the reserve child welfare system, but the final part of that. Reconciliation has not yet been reached.

    In 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Court ruled that $ 40,000 should be paid to First Nation children who are unnecessarily caring for their caregivers.

    Indigenous Services Minister Patty Heidu expects in January that $ 20 billion will cover those who may have these minimum payments and more. Said.

    "We hope that the court process to approve the agreement will be expedited and that people and families will have the certainty and solution they sought," Heidu said in the media on Monday. 72} stated in a statement.

    Indigenous Services Minister Patty Heidu said he hopes the Canadian Human Rights Court and the Federal Court will promptly approve the final settlement. rice field. (Justin Tang / Canadian Press)

    The federal court has rejected Canada's application to consider two human rights court orders on child welfare and Jordanian principles. Government services for First Nations children.

    The government said it did not oppose compensation at the time. The court alleged that it did not have the jurisdiction to order a specific amount of compensation as in a class action.

    The government was also troubled by the fact that this order would give the person who took care of the day the same amount of money as the person who spent the entire childhood. In the

    decision, Judge Paul Fabel said that negotiations could help achieve the goals of the settlement, "a favorable result for both indigenous people and Canada." Said that it would be.

    The government said it intends to appeal the decision — but puts the case on hold when entering into negotiations and withdraws the appeal altogether once the transaction is approved. .. According to AFN, federal courts will consider the deal in September.

    Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, has called on the government to immediately abandon the complaint.

    "A compassionate society believes that Canada should immediately pay victims human rights compensation and withdraw their appeal to the Federal Court of Appeals," she said in a tweet.