$3B class action lawsuit filed against Ottawa over First Nations child welfare discrimination Social Sharing

"A $3.05 billion class action lawsuit has been filed against the federal government for discriminating against First Nations children by "systematically" underfunding on-reserve child welfare services," according to this article from CBC News in Canada. The lawsuit alleges that the government of the Canadian province of Ottawa is directly responsible for the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in the foster care system because it "underfunded prevention services while tying dollars to the number of First Nations children that were put into care," creating a financial incentive to remove children from their families.

The article briefly discusses an Indigenous child welfare bill that has come before Parliament that would address some of these issues, as well as the legacy of residential schools and the Sixties Scoop in Ottawa.