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House of Commons unanimously approves motion on First Nations child welfare

NDP MP Charlie Angus asks a question in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Oct. 27, 2016.


The House of Commons has voted unanimously to support an NDP motion aimed at compelling the federal Liberal government to end what critics consider systemic discrimination against children on First Nations reserves.

The motion, introduced by New Democrat indigenous affairs critic Charlie Angus, passed a vote today by a margin of 302-0.

The motion calls on the government to comply with a ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal requiring increased funding levels for child welfare services delivered on reserve.

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It calls for an immediate cash injection of $155 million, as well as a funding plan for future years.

The motion also calls for the adoption of Jordan's Principle, which says no aboriginal child should suffer denials, delays or disruptions of health services available to other children due to jurisdictional disputes.

The principle is named for Jordan Anderson, a Cree boy from Norway House, Man., who died in hospital in 2005 after jurisdictional disagreements kept him from spending his last years in home care.

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