Indigenous Youth in British Columbia
This case makes two types of claims. First, it alleges that the governments of Canada and British Columbia did not adequately fund Indigenous child and family services in British Columbia. Second, it alleges that the structure of that funding incentivized the removal of Indigenous children from their homes rather than providing preventive services to Indigenous families to assist them to care for their children at home.
The court will decide at a later date if the case will proceed as a class action.
The case seeks to represent (1) Indigenous (off-reserve First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) individuals in British Columbia who were removed from their homes while under the age of 19, since 1992; and (2) the caregiving parents and grandparents of those Indigenous children.