Did a young Aboriginal woman who died last week of a suspected overdose get all the support she needed?
That’s the question friends and family are asking, as they remember Patricia Evoy.
Patricia “Patty” Evoy is the latest Aboriginal teen to die while getting help from BC’s Ministry of Children and Family Development.
Countless videos on social media show a happy, goofy teenager.
That’s how the friends and family who loved Patty Evoy are choosing to remember her as they share videos of her playing guitar and singing – along with photos of a young woman described as a beautiful soul, with so much of her life yet to live.
Struggling to survive
But speaking to CKNW, some say they were also concerned.
One friend says the young woman was forced to strip and escort after the Ministry cut her off when she turned 19 last fall, and eventually turned to hard drugs.
More recently, she faced eviction after spending a month in hospital and unable to pay her rent.
For its part, MCFD says it can’t speak about specific cases, but generally speaking says they offer a variety of supports to young people, but can’t necessarily force them to take the help.