(Vancouver, BC) The BC Métis Federation leadership is pleased to report that the discrimination application to the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) launched in January 2013 continues to successfully proceed. The BC Métis Federation launched a claim against Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) and the Government of Canada to address specific issues related to how AANDC refused to address Métis communities and organizations beyond a one window approach through other organizations. The BC Métis Federation claim alleges this one window approach is discriminating and impacting access to federally funded government programs and services such as employment and training, industry consultation, self governance, and Métis identification.
AANDC had submitted a significant response to have the BC Métis Federation case dismissed in December 2014. BC Métis Federation responded in January 2015 to the AANDC submission and the CHRC has ruled in late February 2015 to rule in favour of the BC Métis Federation discrimination claim in spite of the AANDC submission. The actual recent CHRC decision will not be shared but members can be assured that the leadership of the BC Métis Federation is working hard to address the ongoing systemic discrimination of Métis service delivery, identification, self governance, policy and industry consultation.
BC Métis Federation President Henry stated; “Our leadership is extremely pleased with this latest decision and we are preparing for next steps. CHRC staff is following up to outline the process which we expect on a priority basis. We learned from our unsuccessful filing with the BC Human Rights Tribunal and have taken important steps to ensure clarity to our claim. Given this latest decision our board is reviewing options to re-file a claim with the BC Human Rights Tribunal.”
BC Métis Federation President Henry concluded; “BC Métis Federation members will have equal access to all federal government programs and services funded in BC. Other Métis organizations cannot discriminate because you are not their member when using public funds and we have collected evidence to support our case which we believe will be successful. We hope AANDC will consider mediation and negotiate a new course forward but if not we are ready for trial.”
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