The Canadian Human rights Tribunal has ruled that the federal government discriminated against children on reserve in its funding of child welfare services.
The Assembly of First Nations and First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada filed a complaint in 2007 alleging that by not providing equal funding for services, Ottawa violated the Canadian Human Rights Act.
Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society says the ruling strips away any notion that First Nations children are being treated fairly by the federal government.
Blackstock says First Nations children are more likely to be in child welfare care today than at the height of residential schools by a factor of 3.
Justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Indigenous affairs minister Carolyn Bennett say the federal government is committed to acting on the child welfare issue and toward a nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous people.