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Feds drop appeal against Mi’kmaq mother and disabled son



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A surprise decision has brought happy news to a Mi’kmaq mother in Nova Scotia.

Maurina Beadle has been fighting to have the federal government pay for the care of her severely disabled son.

She’s argued that the federal government is obligated under the terms of Jordan’s Principle.

The feds, however, fought the mother and her son saying they shouldn’t have to pay.

A Nova Scotia court disagreed and in 2013 ordered the government to cover the medical bills.

Ottawa appealed that decision and it was to go to court in early September.

But late Friday, the government suddenly dropped their appeal.

“I am so happy for Maurina and for other families in these situations,” said Cindy Blackstock, a First Nations children advocate. ‎”Hopefully this foreshadows a long overdue climb down on federal blocking of Jordan’s Principle.”

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