Were you a First Nations child or a First Nations primary caretaker for a First Nation child in the Canadian Child and Family Services on or after January 1, 2006?

Did you experience discrimination in the administration of child and family services?

Was the Jordan’s Principle not followed in providing services and product to you as a First Nations child or a First Nations primary caretaker for a First Nations Child?

In February 2007, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (Caring Society) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) filed a Canadian Human Rights Act complaint against the federal government. The complaint said the Canadian government was discriminating against First Nations children and families because Child and Family Services were not meeting the needs of First Nations children on-reserve or in the Yukon.

On September 19, 2019 the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered the Government of Canada to provide compensation to the victims of its discrimination in the delivery of child and family services to First Nations children and the failure to abide by Jordan’s Principle. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered Canada, the AFN and Caring Society to co-develop a compensation scheme for the processing of payments.

The Compensation Entitlement Order, 2019 CHRT 39, outlines the terms of compensation at paragraphs 245-257.

First Nations Compensation Order

The federal government is seeking a judicial review of the compensation order. This means that compensation will not be available until the appeals process is completed. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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The federal government funds child and family services on reserve and in the Yukon. In some cases, they funded First Nations child and family service agencies and in other cases they funded provinces and territories to provide child and family services. Federal funding levels fell far below what First Nations children and families needed and this was found to be discriminatory.

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Further Support

A 24-hour toll-free Compensation Process and Support phone line is available to provide information on the compensation process.

You can call the Compensation Process and Support phone line at: 1-888-718-6496.

Additionally, you can email us at fnchildcompensation@afn.ca for questions regarding the compensation process or any other type of support you may require.