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Shocking’ numbers of aboriginal children in care an ’embarrassment,’ children’s advocate says –

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 2017300 Views

March 30, 2017

The high numbers of aboriginal children being taken into foster care in B.C. is “shocking” and “an embarrassment to the community,” the province’s children’s representative says.

Bernard Richard, B.C.’s representative for children and youth, released a report Thursday, which says that both federal and provincial funding for delegated aboriginal agencies is “flawed and discriminatory” and “confusing and inconsistent.” The end result is that aboriginal children are 17 times more likely than other children to be taken into government care.

Richard linked these findings with the death of Alex Gervais, a young man who died after he jumped from a fourth-storey window of a Super 8 hotel in Abbotsford in September 2015. He was under the care of an aboriginal agency and just months from aging out of foster care. A February report by Richard found that Gervais was left alone for several days before his death and was neglected by his contracted caregiver.

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