With files from Kyle Benning
A Vancouver Island Metis foster mother is speaking out after the Supreme Court of Canada denied a last minute emergency motion to keep a two-year-old Metis toddler in her care.
The mother — known as L.M. says she’s frustrated and angered that the toddler known as S.S. has been taken away from her.
L.M. says the family didn’t get a chance to say ‘goodbye’ properly.
“The social workers just want us to smile and let her think everything is fine. And we try to put on a brave face but it just tears us apart inside to see that big glossy look in her eyes of not understanding, and sadness and confusions. She is already beginning to experience the trauma.”
Sent away to live with another family
The court ruled the toddler would be flown to Ontario Thursday to live with her older siblings and adoptive non-aboriginal parents.
“They didn’t give us any opportunity to spend with her just one-on-one you know, mommy and daddy, her brothers and sisters here, grandma and grandpa. No opportunity to say goodbye in any sort of way or just to spend together and … explain how much we love her.”
Working on an appeal
L.M. says she’s heartbroken but won’t give up hope — the Supreme Court will hear her appeal.
“She has a Metis community, friends and a community she is involved with, they just rip her away from that without concern, because they made a plan before she was born to send her to Ontario. And they were not willing to reconsider that plan based on what happened in that child’s life.”
The court stated the plan began on Sept. 15 and stopping the process would result in unnecessary hardship for the child.