Human Rights Tribunal Finds BC Child Protection Agency Discriminated, Awards Afro-Indigenous Mother $150,000 Compensation

In a recent decision, the BC Human Rights Tribunal held that an Indigenous mother was discriminated against in her interactions with a child protection agency that retained custody of her children and strictly restricted her access to them for nearly three years. The mother was awarded $150,000 as compensation for injury to her dignity, feelings, and self-respect. This is the second highest award under this category in the tribunal’s history. …

Maintaining a Discriminatory Status Quo is not Always Cheap: Tribunal Finds Bookshop’s Failure to Arrange for ASL Interpreters at Free Workshop Discriminatory, Awards Complainant $2,500

Maintaining a discriminatory status quo is not always cheap. In a decision issued by the BC Human Rights Tribunal on August 11, 2022, Tribunal Member Devyn Cousineau held that a bookstore discriminated when it failed to provide American Sign Language (“ASL”) interpreters for a man who attended a free workshop and is DeafBlind.…


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