"Two weeks after a judge issued a damning ruling against the Ministry of Children and Family Development, calls continue to come for the ministry to do more to help at risk children. Scott Clark, Executive Director of the Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement Society, and Judy McGuire, coordinator with the Inner City Safety Society, speak to BC1 about what social workers are dealing with on the front lines."
Link to Global News Coverage
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For Immediate Release
August 4, 2015
MCFD Sidesteps Accountability
We Need Action Now!
Approximately two weeks after Judge Paul Walker issued a blistering judgement citing the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Director of Child Protection and certain Ministry social workers for “intentional misconduct, bad faith, reckless disregard for their obligation to protect children, breach of the applicable standard of care” -- and three years after Judge Walker issued an initial judgement in this case -- the MCFD Minister, Stephanie Cadiuex, has decided that an investigation is in order.
Ignoring the fact that the province already employs a fully independent, appropriately mandated investigator: BC’s Representative for Children and Youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, the Minister has decided to bring back retired bureaucrat Bob Plecas to lead what can only be called a half-hearted attempt to divert attention from their culpability and placate the political firestorm that has arisen from the publication of Judge Walker’s July 14th 2015 judgement.
Revictimizing the Victim
Vancouver Sun reporter Ian Mulgrew has now made public the fact that the Ministry is continuing to harass the family exonerated by Judge Walker – once again interviewing the children and seeking home visits. No Ministry support has been offered to the family and they have been forced in recent months to rely on food banks.
Aboriginal Life In Vancouver Enhancement (ALIVE) Society and Our Place are pleased to invite you to participate in the second annual Reconciliation in Action: Where Change Happens Community Celebration. This community-powered event will bring together residents, civil society groups, government, local businesses and community leaders on June 19th, 2015 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm – to celebrate and share community aspirations and successes, as well as innovative community strategies.
The event is participatory and interactive, featuring a range of fun, family-friendly games and activities, as well as live performances and an Aboriginal artists market.
First Nations Summit Task Force
Vancouver City Council
MC: Ernie Crey
President of the North West Indigenous Council, advisor to the Sto:lo Tribal Council
Check out last year's event: Reconciliation in Action 2014
And watch last years panelist interview: Where Change Happens Panelist Interviews
Download the Invitation in PDF
The announcement of the North West Indigenous Council (NWIC) is welcome news for off-reserve Aboriginal communities in BC, including the 40,000 urban Aboriginal people living in Vancouver.
While there are several provincial Aboriginal groups including the First Nations Summit, Union of BC Indian Chiefs and Assembly of First Nations BC regional chief these organizations are dealing primarily with on-reserve issues.
Photo by: Wawmeesh G. Hamilton/Metro
According to NWIC president Ernie Crey (also the president of ALIVE): “what is really missing and is sorely needed is political advocacy for off reserve people"
The new society will serve as the political voice of BC's off-reserve Aboriginal population at the municipal, provincial and federal levels of government
Directors will represent the five (5) Regions in the province based on the current First Nations Health Regions
The constitution and bylaws and other documents were mailed to B.C. Registry Services on Tuesday
Read Wawmeesh G. Hamilton's coverage of NWIC in the Metro News: HERE
On March 4, 2015 a public celebration took place at Ray-Cam Community Centre, marking the formal kick-off of the Graduation Strategy. The event enabled key partners to meet the community and the general public, answer questions, and build overall community momentum to create a neighbourhood where children can thrive. Following the Public Forum, the Community was invited to attend a special performance of “Mistatim", a Red Sky Production, at the Russian Hall.
Our Place is a collaboration of community organizations, residents, First Nations, and local businesses, including ALIVE. Based at Ray-Cam Community Centre, our comprehensive approach starts with pre-natal care and healthy babies, through to early learning opportunities at local child care centres, and on to youth and family supports through the middle years to secondary school graduation. The Graduation Strategy establishes a holistic approach, working with parents to establish a culture of success in the inner-city. "Peer support for families is an important element of our comprehensive approach" says Marilyn McKee, president of the Ray-Cam Community Cooperative Association
Check out CBC's Coverage of the Graduation Strategy Launch:
Afterwards community members headed to the Russian Hall for dinner and a performance of, Mistatim, a production of Red Sky indigenous theatre, music and dance Company from Toronto
**Thank you to Dima Alansari for the Photos