The fallout continues over the B.C. Representative of Children and Youth’s report into the death of Paige, a 19 year old Aboriginal girl.
For the past few shows, Simi Sara has been trying her best to continue to cover the story of Paige’s tragic life and death, but it has been challenging. Many interview requests have gone unanswered, so Simi was delighted when she received an email from Ernie Crey, the President of the Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement Society and former social worker.
In his email to Simi, Ernie asked one question: why haven’t any of the prominent Aboriginal leaders spoken out about the Representative of Children and Youth’s report into Paige’s death?
Why are Aboriginal leaders ignoring Turpel-Lafond’s report?
In an interview with Simi today. Crey told her many of the high profile Aboriginal leaders were noticeably absent from the press conference held by the Representative of Children and Youth. He thinks its because of Turpel-Lafond’s 2013 report entitled, ‘When Talk Trumped Service: A Decade of Lost Opportunity for Aboriginal Children and Youth in B.C.’
“These organizations were very angry with her because she talked about how $66 million over 12 years had been spent on nothing but talk and no results when it came to services for family and children. They were smarting over it and they didn’t hide their resentment towards Mary Ellen Turpel –Lafond, and I think they decided, ‘no we’re not going to show. Besides that, we’re not going to go to a place in the Downtown Eastside… to a press conference. We’d prefer it if it were in the Hyatt Regency’”.