First Nations child welfare legislation has been announced by the federal government. Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott reassured chiefs at the Special Chiefs Assembly that she did not want to litigation regarding Canada's underfunding of on-reserve child and family ser
children in government care
After aging out of BC's youth in care system, Ruby Barclay attended Vancouver Island University. She did not have a support system in place to help her make the transition. Last spring, Barclay finished the requirements for her Child and Youth Care degree.
Three Indigenous women filed actions against Robert Riley Saunders in BC Supreme Court last week, bringing the total to five. The three women claim to have been made homeless due to Saunders' actions and placed in situations were they were exposed to drugs and sexual exploitation.
Parents struggle when trying to get their children back from the ministry, especially if they do not have a lawyer. Both the federal and provincial governments have pledged to spend more money on preventing children from coming into care in the first place, while returning those in care to
Ontario’s child advocate’s office has 27 individual investigations currently on-going into group homes and foster care. Irwin Elman is not sure what will happen with his cases if he isn't able to finish the investigations before the government closes the office.
Allegations against Riley Saunders include siphoning money from children in care, and these allegations have left some social workers reeling. Dylan Cohen, who is Métis and a former foster child, is an advocate with First Call, a BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coaliti
A fourth teenage girl who was living in a group home around 500 miles from her home died on May 4. Chiefs in Ontario have passed a resolution demanding an inquest into the disparity between the care provided for kids who live on-reserve versus those from non-First Nations communities.
Spokesperson for Protecting Canadian Children, Velvet Martin, believes that recent additions to the all-party panel on child intervention are not sufficient to deal with the issue.
A report from the Representative for Children and Youth was released on March 30 and focused on inadequate funding for Delegated Aboriginal Agencies, which serve Indigenous children and their families.
The Grand Chief of the UBCIC is calling for the resignation of B.C.'s Ministry of Children and Family Development, in the wake of a new report.