OTTAWA- A First Nations child-welfare advocate says chiefs should ensure that “no child is left behind” in a landmark $40-billion settlement agreement with the federal government. Cindy Blackstock was invited to speak at a gathering of the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa by Cindy Woodhouse, a regional chief of the organization. The AFN, representing more than 600 First Nations across the country, had asked the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to approve the settlement deal, which would see the government compensate families for systemic discrimination in the Indigenous child-welfare system. Blackstock, who is executive director of the First Nations Caring Society, raised concerns that the agreement wouldn’t provide $40,000 in compensation to all eligible claimants, which is the amount the tribunal ruled they should get. The tribunal rejected the deal
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