Screening Process Key to Handling Caseload: 2012 Annual Report
OTTAWA, March 20, 2013 /CNW/ - In its 2012 Annual Report tabled today in
the House of Commons, the Canadian Human Rights Commission describes an
important increase in discrimination complaints brought by members of
First Nations communities against their own governments as well as the
Government of Canada.
The increase reflects the impact of an amendment by Parliament to the Canadian Human Rights Act that enabled people on First Nations reserves to bring complaints about
matters under the Indian Act, previously shielded from human rights scrutiny.
"This is an encouraging and important outcome," said David Langtry,
Acting Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
"The sheer volume of complaints tells us that Aboriginal people are
beginning to use the Canadian Human Rights Act to improve their lives by holding their own governments as well as the
federal government accountable for human rights," he said.
The Commission is relying on its screening and dispute resolution
processes to resolve the majority of complaints. Mediation and other
dispute resolution techniques ensure effective administration of
justice in many cases without the need of a hearing before the Canadian
Human Rights Tribunal.
The 2012 Annual Report is available on the Commission's website and at chrcreport.ca.
SOURCE: Canadian Human Rights Commission
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