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Indigenous kids are still not being treated equally says children's advocate

A First Nations children's advocate says provinces and territories are avoiding their responsibility when it comes to the 2016 ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal which said the federal government discriminates against Indigenous children. Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society holds a press conference regarding First Nations child welfare in Ottawa on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

A First Nations children’s advocate says Indigenous kids are still not being treated equally because the provinces and territories are shirking their responsibilities to make the change.

Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, testified at the inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Winnipeg Wednesday.

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She said provinces are still denying Indigenous kids access to services that are available to non-Indigenous kids, despite a ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that all should get access without delays caused by jurisdictional issues.