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B.C.’s child representative ‘appalled’ after ministry’s apprehension of Indigenous baby

MCFD protest sign

October 2017:. Penticton Indian Band members marched and sang, holding signs calling out what they say is systemic racism in the child welfare system. (Mark Brett/Western News)

Huu-ay-aht Nation declares public health emergency over high number of children in provincial care

By Angela Sterritt, CBC News, March 12, 2018

The chief councillor of the Huu-ay-aht Nation on Vancouver Island says the number of children in his nation being taken into provincial care has reached a crisis level.

Last week, the Huu-ay-aht leadership declared a public health emergency over the issue. The declaration comes after B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development took a three-day-old baby into care in January. Read the rest of this entry

Families reveal pain of Atikamekw children’s mysterious disappearances half a century ago


In the Indigenous communities of Quebec’s Upper Mauricie region, including Obedjiwan, pictured here, there are few families that haven’t been affected by the disappearance of a child. (Archives of the Atikamekw Nation Council)

Indigenous communities of Quebec’s Upper Mauricie region grapple with loss

CBC News, Dec 3, 2017

The hearings held this week into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls on Quebec’s North Shore dredged up painful memories that still haunt families in the northeastern part of the province. Read the rest of this entry

Penticton Indian Band grandmothers lead march on MCFD office

penticton-child protest

Penticton Indian Band members want the Ministry of Child and Family development to improve the way it consults with the community in child protection cases. (Brady Strachan/CBC)

Band claims social workers attempting to take children from families without proper consultation

By Brady Strachan, CBC News, October 13, 2017

Members of the Penticton Indian Band marched through that city today to protest what they claim is an eroding relationship with the Ministry of Children and Family Development where social workers are attempting to take children into custody without consulting band leadership. Read the rest of this entry

Police seize child from Alberta mother; B.C. judge questioned

Kandis Potskin

Kandis Potskin reunited with her two year old boy Daylan Potskin.

Saturday, Sept. 23 was supposed to be the day Daylan Potskin celebrated his second birthday at Chucky Cheese.

Instead, an RCMP officer met his mother Kandis Potskin at the front door of their Spruce Grove apartment. He had a B.C. court order that allowed him to take Daylan and give him to his father, who he’d last seen as a newborn. Read the rest of this entry