Indigenous Youth in Manitoba
This case makes three types of claims. First, it alleges that the governments of Canada and Manitoba did not adequately fund Indigenous child and family services in Manitoba. Second, it alleges that the structure of that funding incentivized the removal of Indigenous children from their homes rather than providing services to Indigenous families to assist them to care for their children at home. Third, it alleges that, once Indigenous children were taken into care, the services provided were culturally unsafe, disconnecting them from their families, communities, cultures, languages, and the value systems and spiritual beliefs derived therefrom.
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 Manitoba who were removed from their homes while under the age of 18, since 1992; and (2) the caregiving parents and grandparents of those Indigenous children.