Expert available to discuss how the Canadian government is failing to provide equal welfare to Indigenous children on reserves

HAMILTON, Jan. 26, 2016- An expert from McMaster University's Indigenous Studies Program is available to comment on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal finding that the federal government has discriminated against First Nations children on reserves by failing to provide them the same level of welfare that is available to other children in Canada.

Vanessa Watts- Powless, who has commented widely on issues such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, can talk about the tribunal findings that uphold a complaint that children on reserves have been systematically deprived of sufficient child-welfare resources, with severe consequences for their families.

Watts-Powless is available at wattsv@mcmaster.ca (Please note that she is teaching until 11:30 this morning and and from 2 to 3:30 this afternoon.)

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