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Published on Mar 17, 2008
"Negotiation or Confrontation - It's Canada's Choice." AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine makes a passionate speech to the Canadian Club of Ottawa about the desperate situation faced by many First Nations communities. In part 1, Fontaine discusses child poverty, the over-crowding in many First Nations homes, the Residential Schools settlement, children in state care due to poverty and Canada's breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. "For the past 11 years, there has been an arbitrary 2% cap for funding of core programs and services, housing, education and health... As a result, First Nations child welfare agencies receive 22% less funding per child than provincial agencies.... This is simply blatant fiscal discrimination. It doesn't keep pace with inflation and it's certainly outstripped by our young and growing population." (May 15, 2007. Part 1 of 4.) Part 2: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz4fGnR...
child welfare, child abuse, Canadian Human Rights Commission, children removed from families, parents, language, culture, United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, overcrowded housing conditions, Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, quality of life, socioeconomic status