Current Problems: Child Welfare (1-5)

Exploring Theme: "Systemic Racism"

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June 8, 2023

B.C. government fighting to keep birth alert records from public eye

On June 12 and 13, the B.C. Supreme Court is set to hear a dispute involving MCFD, IndigiNews and the province’s privacy commissioner. APTN News: A dispute over birth alert records involving British Columbia, IndigiNews and the province’s privacy commissioner is heading for the B.C. Supreme Court. B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD)...

May 25, 2023

Quebec judge awards $25K to Inuk woman ‘forgotten’ by youth protection authorities

In legal first, judge says cash is only way to try to rectify years of neglect CBC News: In a legal first, a Quebec Court judge has awarded cash compensation of $25,000 to a 19-year-old Inuk woman who was forgotten by the youth protection (DPJ) officials responsible for her care for nearly 15 years. In the judgment, rendered last...

May 15, 2023

Quebec sent Ottawa hospital hundreds of birth alerts despite Ontario ban

Hospital received 298 birth alerts since October 2020, when Ontario ended them CBC News: Despite the fact that Ontario put a stop to birth alerts in 2020, Quebec child welfare agencies continued to send hundreds of the controversial notifications — which can be used to threaten to or actually seize newborns from their mothers — to Ottawa’s largest hospital....

April 21, 2023

After outcry over baby’s apprehension, Manitoba Indigenous family gets newborn back

‘Wrongful, illegal apprehension,’ sister says after meeting in which Child and Family Services apologized CBC News: An Indigenous family is planning to pursue legal action after they say a newborn baby was apprehended by Child and Family Services without warning. A taxi was on its way to take the mother and baby home on Monday, when a child-welfare...

April 2, 2023

74% of youth in care in Alberta are Indigenous. Here’s what 2 of them had to say

‘I strive to this day just to live a normal life,’ said Jesse Koenig, 28 CBC News:A new underground magazine circulating in Edmonton is sharing stories from youth in care — in their own words.  Zine & Heard, edited by youth advocate Penny Frazier, shares stories, art, tattoos and more from former youth in care. ...

February 17, 2023

Colonial governments continue to destroy Innu land and traditional culture, says longtime activist and elder

Innu are treated badly by police, nurses, and doctors, says Innu elder CBC News: Mistreatment of Innu people by colonial governments continues today, said an elder and activist who has fought for decades to protect the Innu’s traditional culture and land in Labrador. “I will start on how we have been treated by the white man,...

February 12, 2023

After years of delay, the inquiry into treatment of Innu children in care begins hearings

First hearings will take place in Sheshatshiu, focus on Innu history CBC News: Nearly six years after it was announced, the inquiry into the treatment and experiences of Innu children in Newfoundland and Labrador’s child protection system will begin hearings in Sheshatshiu on Monday. The inquiry, led by retired Inuk provincial court judge James Igloliorte,...

February 8, 2023

Mother found dead after sharing video about struggles with Manitoba’s child welfare system, domestic violence

Anishinaabe woman pleaded with people to ‘listen to me’ WARNING: This story contains distressing details. CBC News: Family and friends of a woman who died by suicide are looking for answers after the woman posted a live video on social media saying she was a victim of domestic violence and sharing the frustration and trauma...

January 6, 2023

Sixties Scoop survivor reconnects with birth mom, discovers her culture, decades after separation

It took many years for the pair to develop a mother-daughter relationship  WARNING: This story contains distressing details CBC News: Tauni Sheldon remembers the first time she saw her biological mom. Sheldon was 23 years old.  It was 1993 and she was in the Winnipeg airport, having just flown in with her adoptive parents, Jim...

October 26, 2022

Anishinabek Nation leadership encourage implementation of recommendations in Devon Freeman inquest

NationTalk: ANISHINABEK NATION HEAD OFFICE (October 25, 2022) – On behalf of the Anishinabek Nation, Grand Council Chief Reg Niganobe and Anishinabek Nation Children’s Commissioner Duke Peltier have issued a statement in response to the long-awaited inquest into the death of Devon Freeman from Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. “We continue to stand with the...

October 21, 2022

Freeman inquest: ‘Devon’s Principle’ would give Indigenous kids in care a right to return to their community

Lessons from 16-year-old’s life and death form a legacy that is changing how Indigenous youth who are in contact with the child welfare system are treated Hamilton Spectator: The voice of Devon Russell James Freeman — Muska’abo — has been heard. Devon was many things: a 16-year-old Hamilton boy trying to find his way; a member of...

October 6, 2022

AMC sues Manitoba, Canada for $1B over damage caused by child welfare system

The lawsuit seeks to compensate children who were taken off reserve. APTN: The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) is suing the federal and Manitoba governments over what they say are far-reaching and damaging effects of the child welfare system. “Manitoba and Canada received consistent advice and warnings, including from their own experts, that they were...

October 5, 2022

New investigation into allegations of rights abuse of an Inuk child placed in isolation in a youth center

The Commission launched an investigation of its own initiative after being informed of the situation of an Inuk child who had allegedly been placed in isolation in a rehabilitation center of the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. NationTalk: Montréal – The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse launched an investigation of...

September 21, 2022

‘The bond is broken’: Data shows Indigenous kids overrepresented in foster care

Statistics Canada released data from the 2021 census showing Indigenous children accounted for 53.8 per cent of all children in foster care. Toronto Star: WINNIPEG – A Winnipeg mother says she was scarred for life when her first child was taken away at birth by social workers, who told her she was unfit to parent...

September 19, 2022

Experts warn ending birth alerts not the only solution to keep Indigenous children with their family

Globe and Mail: Canadian Press – The number of newborns taken into care dropped dramatically as birth alerts ended across Canada, but child welfare experts warn ceasing the practice cannot be the only step governments take to keep families together. “(Birth alerts) really risk being kind of a red herring in the real issue of...

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