Quebec court gives green light to Indigenous child-welfare class action suit

By Cedric Gallant Local Journalism Initiatve Reporter Quebec’s superior court has decided a class action lawsuit alleging discriminatory underfunding of Indigenous child welfare services in the province will go forward. The case’s proponents say the Canadian and Quebec governments are not abiding by their constitutional obligations to off-reserve Indigenous children and families. They also allege Canada is not ensuring adequate standards or funding for the provinces to take care of their Indigenous population. Sotos Class Actions filed the suit alongside two law firms, Kugler Kandestin LLP and Coupal Chauvelot s.a. in Montreal. Sotos announced Tuesday in a news release that the case had been certified. The lawsuit began with two petitioners, both of them having gone through the child welfare system in Nunavik. The release said Indigenous youth and their…

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