Last year Nick Lang died in government care, this week in what should have been his 16th birthday his parents have spoken out about their lawsuit against the government.
According to the documents filed, their son was deprived of his right to life with his physical and mental state along with his messages saying he wanted to commit suicide were ignored.
Lang’s mother Linda Tenpas says the lawsuit is about changing the system.
“It’s not just about our son, there have been several children that have lost their lives in this province, and in the last few years there have been a lot of critical incidents and if somebody doesn’t stand up and keep fighting and filing lawsuits like this, nobody is going to listen.”
Nick’s mother wants to see parents in her situation included in their children’s lives as they wrestle with addiction.
“We came to the courts and we said ‘listen, my son’s Metis, we want to plead guilty, we want to get help, and we know this is the way to get help,'”
“Nowhere along the line did anybody ever say ‘oh, by the way did you know it was Ministry of Children and Families that are supervising youth in this province?'”
“We had prior experience with MCFD, we raised a foster son for a couple of years (and) he’s still part of our lives and we still consider a son, and we didn’t have a lot of respect for that organisation even back then.”
She wasn’t there, she says when her son’s cry for help went unanswered just days before he took his life in a care home.
And father Peter Lang says he would’ve have done more to keep his son out of the MCFD system.
Nick’s parents allege caregivers were not warned he was at risk of suicide.