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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


Indigenous kids largely apprehended because of poverty, says former child protection worker


Portia Larlee worked as a child protection worker for MCFD in 2015. She said she was so discouraged by the work she quit only one and a half years in. (Portia Larlee)

‘Social workers can only remove a child if they are in immediate danger’

By Angela Sterritt, CBC News, Nov 21, 2017

A former child protection worker, once with the Ministry of Child and Family Development, says, in her experience, Indigenous children are largely being apprehended due to poverty, and their parents are being over policed when trying to reunite with them. Read the rest of this entry