BC’s Children and Youth Representative hopes premiers across the country will take quick action to lower the rate of First Nations children being taken away from their parents.
“Not only bring the numbers down, but prevent abuse and neglect of those children.”
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond agrees with retired judge Ted Hughes, who extensively studied the child welfare system in this province and Manitoba, and has been demanding action since June.
“B.C., of course, doesn’t have to wait. We could, at minimum, have some protections against domestic violence on reserves. In particular, have some child support enforcement on reserves. That would be a good step that they could act on and show some leadership, but I do look forward to the outcome of these discussions.”
Her comments come as Premier Christy Clark and other provincial leaders get ready for this week’s Council of the Federation meeting in Charlottetown.
More than half the kids in government care in this province are aboriginal, but B.C.’s First Nations population is less 5.5 per cent.