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February 10, 2016

NAN SUPPORTS HAVE A HEART DAY, CALLS FOR EQUITABLE CHILD WELFARE FUNDING

THUNDER BAY, ON (February 10, 2016): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum expressed support and appreciation for youth and community leaders participating in Have a Heart Day events on Parliament Hill today, and looks to the federal government to address the inequities in child welfare funding for First Nations children following a landmark decision by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in January:

“Today we stand in support of this growing movement to change the landscape of Canada to one of honour and possibility for First Nations children, and we thank all of the youth and community leaders from across the country who are showing that they Have a Heart by supporting this campaign to help create a better tomorrow for our youth. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has confirmed that the federal government is accountable for failing to provide First Nations with the same level of child welfare services as the rest of Canada, and we encourage this government to seize this historic opportunity to end long-standing discriminatory practices against First Nations and redress historical inequalities by moving towards reconciliation.”

Organized by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, Have a Heart Day is a child and youth-led reconciliation campaign that brings together caring Canadians to help ensure First Nations children have the services they need to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and be proud of who they are.

More information is available at:

www.fncaringsociety.com/have-heart-day-parliament-hill
www.fnwitness.ca

@Caringsociety, #HaveaHeartDay, @NANComms

For more information please contact: Michael Heintzman, Director of Communications – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807) 621-2790 or by email mheintzman@nan.on.ca

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