In the wake of Thursday’s scathing report into the overdose death of an Aboriginal girl, the provincial government is promising action with the creation of a rapid response team model.
But when CKNW asked for more details, little was provided.
The Ministry of Children and Family Development will only say the team will be developed with input from current service providers to provide a targeted and intensive response for at-risk youth on the Downtown Eastside.
Scott Clark with the Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement Society says he asked for more help in 2012, after dozens of Aboriginal teens made a suicide pact in an area near the troubled neighbourhood.
“We know we have anywhere between 100 and 150 vulnerable kids in the inner city, so I am not holding my breath that this rapid team that they are going to put together is going to do anything. They need to do real shakeup right now, and they need to take these things serious.”
The Ministry touts other successful programs in the DTES, including Yankee 20, where police and social workers target high-risk youth 12-18, and car 86, which deals with child protection issues for kids under the age of 13.