‘Moving Backwards: B.C. Creates Segregated Child Welfare System’

The B.C. government’s move means it will no longer have a role in welfare of ‘Indigenous’ children and B.C.’s children’s watchdog can get involved only when invited by ‘Indigenous’ groups.”

“British Columbia is overhauling its child-welfare system to ensure ‘First Nations’ {Aboriginal communities} are able to assume complete control over the care of their children.

“The move was hailed by ‘Indigenous’ groups {Canadian Aboriginals are ‘Indigenous’ to Siberia and Mongolia} as an important step forward toward recognizing the principles of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The government said B.C. will become the first province in Canada to legally recognize the right of ‘Indigenous’ communities to provide their own child-welfare systems.

“The legislation “allows us to develop our own laws {!} and make decisions for our children”, said Mary Teegee, executive director at Carrier Sekani Family Services, in an interview.

“The amended legislation also includes a provision for a new ‘Indigenous’ Child Welfare Director position in the province; the role will have as a goal reducing the number of ‘Indigenous’ children and youth in care {By reducing alcoholism and drug addiction on Reserves?}.

The move means the provincial government will no longer have a role in oversight and B.C.’s children’s watchdog can get involved only when invited. How standards of care will be monitored under the new system is unclear.

Mitzi Dean, Minister of Children and Family Development, confirmed that the provincial government will no longer audit or oversee the welfare of children in the care of ‘Indigenous’ governing bodies. Nor will it investigate deaths of children in their care {?!?!?}.

“Ms. Dean did not directly respond to a question about how oversight would be provided under the new system.

“B.C.’s Children’s Representative Jennifer Charlesworth confirmed that her office no longer has jurisdiction to intervene or advocate on behalf of ‘Indigenous’ children and youth being abused or mistreated by foster parents, group home workers, social workers or other child welfare authorities if they are under the care of ‘Indigenous’ governing bodies.

“Rather, when someone comes forward with an allegation of abuse of an ‘Indigenous’ child, it would be up to the ‘First Nation’ providing that child’s care to ask the representative to investigate whether the care the ‘nation’ is providing is appropriate.

{Considering how widespread corruption is in reserve administrations, this is highly unlikely.}

“In addition, Ms. Charlesworth said her office will no longer investigate deaths or systemic concerns involving children in the care of ‘Indigenous’ governing bodies unless invited to do so.

Making the same mistake all over again’

Ms. Charlesworth’s office was established two decades ago after an inquiry into the death of ‘Indigenous’ toddler Sherry Charlie, who was killed by her great uncle after she was placed in his home by an Indigenous child-care agency under a program aimed at keeping families together. The coroner’s inquest found the program had less stringent standards of care than the province’s foster care program.

“Ms. Charlesworth said she is supportive of the changes announced Wednesday {???}.

It is a key step forward in reassertion of jurisdiction by Indigenous peoples over the welfare of their children and youth.”

A Globe and Mail investigation earlier this year into the death of Cree teen Traevon Desjarlais-Chalifoux found the delegated ‘Indigenous’ agency responsible for his care failed to meet standards, including that his care be culturally appropriate. A Globe review of Xyolhemeylh’s recent practice audits found a pattern of omission and neglect on a range of metrics, including a failure by social workers to meet regularly with young people in their care or to plan adequately for their care. In some cases, they never met with them at all.

“The audits found similar deficiencies across the five largest agencies…

“‘First Nations’ will decide what services are going to be delivered in their communities, the minister said at a news conference on Wednesday.

They will decide the relationship that they want to continue having with the ministry in a positive way on what services they want to continue to have from the ministry or from ‘Indigenous’ Child Youth and Family Service agencies”,

Ms. Dean said.

“Four B.C. ‘First Nations’ are already preparing to assume jurisdiction over child and family services, it was announced Wednesday: Cowichan Tribes, Sts’ailes, Splatsin and Gwa’sala-Nakwaxda’xw. Officials said there are 32 governing bodies comprising 81 ‘First Nations’ that have received funding to help them move toward this goal.

The ‘colonial’ {‘modern’} era of the province controlling child welfare must come to an end and this legislation cannot be passed soon enough”,

{anti-Canadian} Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, said in a release.

“Despite making up 10% of the population in B.C., ‘Indigenous’ children represent 68% of children and youth in care in the province.

{Because of high alcoholism and addiction rates in Aboriginal communities.}

This is a pivotal shift toward real and meaningful change that respects ‘Indigenous’ rights {but not Aboriginal children} and improves services and supports for ‘Indigenous’ children, youth and families”,

Premier John Horgan said in a release.”

–‘B.C. gives Indigenous groups control over child welfare’,

NANCY MACDONALD, Toronto Globe & Mail, Oct.26, 2022

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-bc-gives-indigenous-groups-control-over-child-welfare/

From 2020:

Aboriginals are pushing hard to take over control of Aboriginal child welfare. Here’s a cautionary story that should get authorities to think twice about this approach…

“The B.C. agency responsible for the group home where Cree teen Traevon Chalifoux-Desjarlais died has seen the deaths of at least four other ‘Indigenous’ {sic, the CBC means ‘Aboriginal’} youth in its care or aged out of its care, CBC News has learned.

{The unpronouncable} ‘Xyolhemeylh’, or Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society, has faced criticism in the past for inadequate staffing and resources to support vulnerable youth, including in a Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) audit published earlier this year.

“‘Xyolhemeylh’ is an agency delegated by the ministry as part of an initiative to give ‘Indigenous’ communities more control over child welfare…”

–‘Other deaths linked to B.C. Aboriginal agency running group home where Indigenous teen died’,

Angela Sterritt, CBC News, Nov. 10, 2020

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/agency-runs-group-home-indigenous-teen-died-in-bleak-track-record-1.5774854

See also: 

NO GO’ Zones On B.C. Reserves{October 26, 2015}:

B.C.’s representative for children and youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, said she estimates there are about 25 of B.C.’s 203 ‘First Nations’ who have so-called ‘no-go zones’ on their reserves, in attempts to prevent visits from social workers.”

https://endracebasedlaw.wordpress.com/2015/10/26/no-go-zones-on-b-c-reserves/

Balkanizing British Columbia (B.C./UNDRIP) {Jan.16, 2020}:

British Columbia politicians are thoughtlessly embedding Race law, two-tiered ‘rights’, and United Nations influence in all aspects of B.C. legislation:

Horgan told the chiefs his government has a lot of work ahead {!}, to adapt provincial legislation {to segregate British Columbia} to the dozens of articles of the UN declaration {Some of which are CONTRARY to the Canadian Constitution}

https://canadiansforlegalequalityblog.wordpress.com/2020/01/16/balkanizing-british-columbia/

Avoiding The Truth (June 15, 2022):

Nothing will improve Aboriginal reserve children’s lives until Aboriginals start taking accountability for the rampant alcoholism, drug addiction, child abuse and neglect in their communities:

Canada announced two agreements totaling $40 billion dollars that will compensate ‘First Nations’ {‘Aboriginal’} children who were taken from their families and put into the child welfare system.”

https://endracebasedlaw.ca/2022/06/15/avoiding-the-truth/

Battle of the Brats (Aboriginals vs. Quebec) {Jan.17, 2020}:

Canada’s two most privileged groups – both with special Constitutional ‘rights’ — are going head-to-head. If all Canadians had equal legal rights, nonsense like this would not be happening:

The Quebec government’s decision to launch a constitutional challenge of a new federal law governing ‘Indigenous’ {sic, the CBC means ‘aboriginal’} child welfare has prompted ‘First Nations’ {‘aboriginal community’} leaders in Quebec to re-examine their relationship with the province.

https://canadiansforlegalequalityblog.wordpress.com/2020/01/17/battle-of-the-brats/

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  1. The situation for babies and children in aboriginal households is now more desperate. I have seen, first-hand, the results of deficient child-rearing on reserves: children raising children, malnutrition, babies born in withdrawal and with FTS, toddlers neglected, children emotionally, physically and sexually abused, teens pimped out, teens suffering with alcohol and drug dependencies, teens forced into gang life to survive. After this announcement we have taken away the last advocates for these kids. All the $billions given by naive, pandering governments to support aboriginal child welfare will be immediately diverted to the band elites.

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