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Between October 20th and October 24th, 2014, during the presentations of final arguments, we are asking that communities plan rallies and perform ceremonies such as Sacred Fire Ceremonies, Pipe Ceremonies, Singing, Sunrise Ceremonies and prayers in our schools, health centres and band offices in support of the final hearing of this case.

A dramatic display of support will benefit in two ways. Showing our support for changing the system will encourage those in positions of authority to make the right decision and will also give positive encouragement to those fighting for change.

Click here for the Tribunal schedule (Opening Ceremony on October 20, 2014 begins at 9:15am).

The hearing room has a capacity of 100 (See Tribunal Room Layout). Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. 

Address: Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, 160 Elgin Street, 11th Floor

Children and school groups are welcome and encouraged to attend (Space available October 21, 22 & 23). 

Closing arguments will be LIVE WEBCAST for free on ‘I am a Witness’ (Live web cast begins at 9:15 am Eastern Standard time on October 20, 2014).

What Witnesses can do

Social media is a great tool for sharing information and thinking critically with others about issues that matter.  Share what you think about what you’ve witnessed using: #Witness4FirstNationsKids on Twitter, Facebook or other social media. 

Take a selfie with the Caring Society Bear or a sign of support and share using #Witness4FirstNationsKids

Click here for other participation ideas

For more information and to show support, contact info@fncaringsociety.com or visit www.fncaringsociety.com

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NEWs CLIPS:

Closing arguments in government discrimination case begin Monday

Closing arguments in the discrimination case against Canada begin Monday at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

For the past year and a half, the Assembly of First Nations and the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society have been arguing before a panel of 3 commissioners that Canada spends less on First Nations child welfare than provinces do off reserve.

Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the FNCFCS joined Nation to Nation host Nigel Newlove to discuss the week ahead.

http://aptn.ca/news/2014/10/17/closing-arguments-government-discrimination-case-begin-monday/

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Ontario Regional Chief ENCOURAGES FIRST NATION COMMUNITIES TO SUPPORT THE HISTORIC Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ON CHILD WELFARE NEXT WEEK

TORONTO, ON (Oct 16, 2014) — Ontario Regional Chief is calling upon all communities in Ontario to stand with all First Nations children for the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal taking place October 20-24 as the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada makes its final arguments for the betterment of the First Nations child welfare in this country.

“This is an important time for our communities to support the proposed changes to the child and family services system to eliminate the discrimination and inequities that currently exist,” Ontario Regional Chief Beardy said. “At the All Ontario Chiefs Conference in June 2014, First Nation leadership in Ontario restated that children are the first and foremost priority of our Nations, and further asserted their responsibility to the care and welfare of our children.”

Between October 20 and October 24, 2014, during the presentations of final arguments, we are asking that communities plan rallies and perform ceremonies such as Sacred Fire Ceremonies, Pipe Ceremonies, Singing, Sunrise Ceremonies and prayers in our schools, health centres and band offices in support of the final hearing of this case. A dramatic display of support will benefit in two ways. Showing our support for changing the system will encourage those in positions of authority to make the right decision and will also give positive encouragement to those fighting for change. The Chiefs of Ontario closing submission is on Tuesday, October 21 between 4-5 pm.

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The Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians stands with First Nations Caring Society in historic decision

AIAI - Oct 23, 2014

Seven years ago, two organizations representing First Nations in Canada launched a human rights discrimination complaint against the federal government arguing flawed and inequitable services for First Nations children. During the week of October 20-24, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal will finally hear the closing arguments for this case.

The original complaint was filed jointly in 2007 by the First Nations Caring Society of Canada (Caring Society) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). The complaint alleges that the Government of Canada has had a longstanding pattern of providing less government funding for child welfare services to First Nations children on reserves than it provides to non-Aboriginal children. First Nations children living on reserve receive 34% less child welfare dollars than children living off reserve.

http://www.chiefs-of-ontario.org/node/1023