On February 14th, young students from across the country joined their counterparts in the Ottawa-Gatineau region to support Dr. Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations who are engaged in a historic Human Rights Discrimination case against the Federal Government.Canada is being taken to task for its discriminatory funding practices against First Nations Children on reserves and they’re getting lots of help from those who are the closest to the ones being hurt– kids! Students doing Project of Heart remembered the thousands of Aboriginal children taken from their homes to go to the Indian Residential Schools where so many never returned. First Nations children are still being taken from their homes–3 times as many today as there were at the height of the Indian Residential Schools.
Children from 10 years of age up to grade 12 read their letters to the Prime Minister and sang their songs of solidarity with the children who are fighting for their rights to grow up in their communities with their families. Concerned Parliamentarians joined with actor Adam Beach to give support to the rally
Young people have been taking to Parliament Hill for almost 3 years in support of Blackstock and the FNCFCS.
With the Human Rights Tribunal starting to hear witnesses starting this week, the time is perfect for supporters across Canada to make their voices heard.
To add your support, check the FNCFCS website and find out how you can make a difference.