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Human rights tribunal rejects $40 billion child welfare deal

By Benjamin Powless  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The federal government announced a $40 billion agreement to reform the Indigenous child welfare system and compensate victims last January, but now Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that the government’s offer of $20 billion to First Nations children and families did not go far enough, putting the agreement in jeopardy. The original agreement was reached between the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (FNCFCS), the Assembly of First Nations, lawyers for several class actions, and the federal government. The agreement set aside up to $20 billion for First Nations children removed from their homes between 1991 and 2022, and for children who were excluded from receiving essential public services between 1991 and 2017, each receiving $40,000. A further $20 billion was

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