Tim Harper: Tribunal will rule whether Ottawa retaliated against native rights’ advocate Cindy Blackstock

Photo by Pawel Dwulit/Toronto Star

By Tim Harper, the Toronto Star, 22 October 2012

Cindy Blackstock has spent more than five years trying to hold Ottawa accountable for a funding gap on the welfare of aboriginal children on reserves.

Instead of dealing with that funding gap, Ottawa has spent nearly as long searching for dirt on Blackstock. In total, it has spent more than $3 million trying to derail her bid to have the government’s funding policy ruled as discrimination against native children. (…)

In a decision released last week, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal agreed to add allegations of government retaliation against Blackstock as part of a historic hearing on the larger matter set to begin next February. (…)

The case is hugely important, not only because the tribunal will determine whether Blackstock is a victim of government retaliation, but because it could hold the government responsible for something that is ongoing. (…)

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Photo by Pawel Dwulit/Toronto Star.