BC Supreme Court’s Decision Re: Métis Foster Child SS

Métis Communities
BC Métis Federation Members
 

RE: Métis Foster Child SS

Members and Partners,

The BC Métis Federation is disappointed by the recent decision by the BC Supreme Court regarding Métis foster Child SS. We are sharing and revisiting the decision in its entirety. BCMF is working closely with the Métis family to appeal the decision which will be heard on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 9:30am at the Court of Appeal in Vancouver (on either the 5th, 6th, or 7th floor in one of the rooms).

We ask members to attend and join BCMF in our fight to keep the Métis child with her Métis foster family. We continue to question the Constitutional Rights of our Métis people and our rights to protect the interests of our Métis children in this case. We believe this hasn’t been taken into full consideration.

Thank you,

Keith Henry
President
BC Métis Federation
 

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53 Responses to BC Supreme Court’s Decision Re: Métis Foster Child SS

  1. s.daniels February 23, 2016 at 2:06 pm #

    This is so not right, how can we, as human beings, justify this. SS is not a animal from a litter, being pull away from her mother who is the only protector of her well being since a new born.

    Again the system is setting up another child to fail, have we not learned anything from history.

    As a nation we must stand up for our rights and our children`s rights, we must not give away the right to raise our own Metis Children and their Culture,

  2. jerome February 23, 2016 at 2:26 pm #

    Is it possible that the publication of SS’s name on these documents in a public forum could influence the outcome of a pending appeal? Not too responsible in my view.

    Seems the child’s best interest not an issue with BCMF.

    • Keith Henry February 23, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

      Thank you Jerome,

      We were asked to post the court decision and have done so.

      Perhaps you do not understand the court records process but these records are now all accessible publicly in the BC Supreme Court documents online.

      We have done nothing but support the family and the foster child.

      Thank you

      Keith Henry
      President

      • Jerome February 24, 2016 at 7:28 am #

        Maybe I don’t understand the court process, but you took down the documents they asked you to post. Why not do as they ask?

        • Keith Henry February 24, 2016 at 9:49 am #

          After the point was raised we reviewed the court order. We missed the point that the initials only were to be posted.

          We apologize for our misunderstanding and removed to be respectful of the process.

          Thank you

          Keith Henry
          President

  3. Metis February 23, 2016 at 6:16 pm #

    I would wait until the appeal before posting any documents. I did a search on the Supreme Court of BC database and could not find any reference to L.M v. British Columbia (Director of Child, Family and Community services) as of yet.

    Surely we all hope that the appeal will be successful. This case has painted the Ministry heartless in their decision making when it comes to our Metis children and families. :(

    Metis in BC

    • Concerned February 25, 2016 at 4:26 pm #

      I’m sure her siblings don’t see the MCFD as “heartless” in their decision to let the sister live with them.

      • Keith Henry February 25, 2016 at 5:38 pm #

        Concerned your points are interesting.

        How do you draw your opinions? Do you know the situation? You appear to think you do despite the obvious facts.

        You are not for the best interests of the foster child if you read any of the materials or actually followed the media.

        Thank you

        Keith Henry
        President

        • Concerned February 26, 2016 at 4:38 pm #

          Oh…are you referring to the one sided biased portrayal of the situation by the media? I know the situation better than you realize. Thanks to you I also was able to read the appeal documents. I am actually very much thinking in the best interests of SS. I would argue though that you are not.

          • Keith Henry February 26, 2016 at 6:06 pm #

            Thank you

            There is more than what was argued in court going on.

            You have your opinion, many people have another which is to keep the foster child with the Metis foster family.

            You are a very small limited minority and again your actions and words are like the Metis Commission, MCFD, MNBC and other agencies who made opinions with no first hand information and failed the best interests of SS.

            I assume you are one of these very people why you hide behind an alias.

            Thank you

            Keith Henry
            President

  4. jerome February 23, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

    it’s already out there…bad idea…

  5. E.Bitterman February 23, 2016 at 10:27 pm #

    News stories coming in reporting:

    “The ministry also acknowledged that the Adoption Act instructs it to give preference to putting First Nations children in First Nations homes, but said it can pursue other options with approval from a committee that includes First Nations representatives.”

    Who where the representatives who supported this horrible situation?. Comments on many a news story are disgusted in regards to the removal to a non Metis family she does not know . The little girls future is in the hands of bureaucracy rather than best interests..

    A sad story..

    • Concerned February 24, 2016 at 5:40 am #

      How is moving this little girl from a Foster Family (please seek out the definition of “foster”) to live with her full siblings that are close in age to her “horrible”? This Foster Family has delayed the inevitable move by six months and they are choosing to delay it even more by appealing the decisions. As a result, they are making the transition harder for this little girl. Don’t talk about working in the child’s best interest when the foster mother is so clearly not.

  6. Jerome February 23, 2016 at 11:31 pm #

    Siblings vs culture. Metis nation Ontario exists. Maybe they found a win win. Sad story tho. This is being politicized by bcmf. Posting names and sensitive info for a shock and curiosity factor is terrible.

    • Keith Henry February 24, 2016 at 9:51 am #

      Jermone,

      You have an opinion. Clearly to raise ill directed comments that are unfounded.

      We respect your opinion but you are not accurate.

      Our actions speak louder than your words.

      Keith Henry
      President

      • jerome February 24, 2016 at 10:28 am #

        As “ill directed” and “inaccurate” as my comments are (which i disagree) – you did in fact post sensitive information to a public forum against court order (yes i am misinformed or some other derogatory comment). However, it would not be a hard sell to show that BCMF is involved with this situation for public and press recognition.

        It would appear to me that as a last ditch effort (as this case has been fought for some time now), the foster parents appealed to BCMF for assistance, which really only provided the BCMF some press, and the parents some hope that BCMF could make a difference, which was clearly not the case as we can see.

        You essentially used their misfortune, legal efforts and expense to promote your own agenda for public recognition, and held a little party and called Global to cover it to get more press time.

        This is a very sad, heartwrenching situation that should not be left to the uneducated and third parties for their opinion. The uneducated and the third parties don’t count. The legal guardians count. If you really wanted to help, you would have contacted the Metis Nation of Ontario to ensure the cultural components are in place and active for this child and turn this very difficult story into something positive where this child will have siblings and blood relatives to bond and grow with.

        • Keith Henry February 24, 2016 at 11:08 am #

          Thank Jerome,

          I am not sure why you insist on this spin in how you interpret our BC Metis Federation support. The foster family reached out to us as a member. They are our members and our role as leaders is to assist if we can. Our board reviewed this case, followed up on our own with the Metis Commission and felt the family was not supported.

          The Metis service providers were involved but did not help. The other Metis organization in BC should have helped.

          We will never support removing Metis children to a non Metis home. We will never support MCFD disallowing children to attend our cultural event.

          There is so many reasons the foster child’s interests are best met staying with the foster family that far outweigh your political view.

          Why should we have to chase Metis Nation Ontario? This should have been in place when the decision by the Adoption Committee was made last July. The reality is there is no tangible cultural plan.

          The job of leadership is to support our members. This case will be supported because despite your own political agenda here, the best interests of the Metis child are to stay with the only parents she has ever known in a Metis home with the full support of the biological parents.

          Thank you

          Keith Henry
          President

          • jerome February 24, 2016 at 12:02 pm #

            well, i must say your organization is clearly not behind you. Your petition of 1,000 signatures resulted in 366 people signing, and your fundraiser seeking 25,000.00 resulted in 1,475.00 being raised by 16 people, and no clear contribution from the very organization (BCMF) requesting the funds except for a small party and a rented hall. If your organization has over 1,500 members, where are they?? Why are they not engaged?

            If this is the case, you only have support of a very small fraction of your organization in this quest.

            Please assist this transition of this child. I may be very wrong, uninformed, and trying to “spin” an issue, but it appears that two court decisions have agreed, and both parties were well represented in their arguments to a duly appointed judge.

            I would suggest that if BCMF truly has an interest in this child’s life, you and the member foster parents would make this as smooth as possible and work with the adoptive parents and their siblings as well as the Metis Nation of Ontario to ensure there is full inclusion – perhaps an appointed elder in Ontario to ensure the cultural component of these childrens citizenship is maintained.

            That is a very positive approach that will benefit everyone involved. Or you can do the alternative, make this a big issue where the child is crying, torn from arms, police presence, and a big traumatic situation. The only benefit in this case would be more press, more face time in the media, and a lot to complain about.

            The time for complaining is over. Time to be positive and make this work as best that it can be if their appeal is rejected (which is very possible at this stage).

          • Keith Henry February 24, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

            Jerome,

            We are proud of what people do and support. I cannot answer why members do not always get involved but the fact is we do things and act in the best interests as best we can. The members decide on their actions. We simply create the platform.

            The lack of public action is not new in Metis organizations across Canada, not just BC or the BC Metis Federation. Unfortunately this is because of actions of governments that continue to dismiss our rights on every angle possible. People often feel they cant make change not matter what.

            The time to complain is not over. There is real legal avenues we still have and will use. I cant believe you support the tragic loss of this Metis child and cant see the best interests of the child but that is your opinion.

            Your posts clear state your political motives. We will not allow Metis children to be passed along like pawns.

            Sorry to read that you feel this is okay.

            Thank you

            Keith Henry
            President

  7. Christine February 24, 2016 at 3:29 am #

    The Metis commission offered this statement
    February 2016

    Recently a Métis child case has been brought before the courts and media, below is the media release regarding this situation:

    The Métis Commission for Children and Families of British Columbia acts as the aboriginal community legislated under the Child, Family and Community Services Act in this province. As the official apolitical Métis authority acting on behalf of Métis children experiencing the child protection services system in BC we have been involved with this case for some time now.

    We hold a seat on the Adoptions Exception Committee in this province, which means we take great care to consider the best interests of each aboriginal child brought before us for placement decisions. We have taken this situation under careful review and know what is at stake for the potential options for this young Métis child. It is our view that a placement with biological family (siblings) and preserving their family bond is one form of keeping the Métis community in tact.

    A culture plan has been worked on for several months to ensure that the Métis community remains involved in this child’s life. We are thankful for the care that this young child has received to date while these arrangements were being made.

    The Métis Commission for Children and Families of BC would like to see MCFD put measures in place to ensure that these placements are completed in a more timely manner in order to avoid situations like we are seeing in court this week.

    Metis Commission

    Placements completed in a timely manner? Like waiting two years to destroy a toddlers life? Metis commission you are useless ….careful review. Ppppfffttt

  8. John February 24, 2016 at 4:30 am #

    Metis Children Commission is a joke. This organization has a long history of being a cash cow for those that think they are entitled. It served no real purpose to protect our Metis Children.

    Ms. Deborah Canada made sure of that.http://www.kamloopsnews.ca/news/city-region/audit-cites-seriously-deficient-financial-practices-at-two-non-profits-1.1218493

  9. Betty February 24, 2016 at 9:00 am #

    This is a horrible outcome. I don’t know what steps we need to take to keep our children with our own peoples.

    • Jerome February 25, 2016 at 12:31 pm #

      We need parents taking responsibility for their children. If that basic fact breaks down, outcomes are always less than desired

  10. Joe Desjarlais February 24, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

    Comments by some trivialize the significance of this unfortunate situation, for the life of this child but also in relation to a community of belonging, as well as the significance for the entire country.

    Accusations that BCMF is seeking spotlight to gain power are unfounded. The BCMF has long provided a forum to foster transparency, citizenship engagement and accountability that has deepened and broadened the national conversation in an era of reconciliation.

    This is consistent with a year of ‘Truth and Reconciliation’, where we have all witnessed a litany of historical and contemporary unjust actions make their way into the “court of public opinion” via media, many of which have prompted change by governments and other institutions.

    Canadians are just beginning to grapple with the national shame of a history of unjust ideas and actions toward First nations, Inuit and Metis people, communities, and culture.

    It is up to Metis and all Canadians to find their place in this conversation and work toward ‘reconciliation’ as partners. Metis organizations, for their part have unfortunately not been at the forefront of this movement toward healing and reconciliation.

    Some choose not to consider the connection between political motives of current governments and co-opted Metis organizations (that see fit to forcibly take Metis children out of Metis homes and deny them their culture) and a 150 year long history of colonial actions by governments that have subjugated, separated and dispossessed Metis from their own people, their culture, community, nationhood, language and land.

    This unfortunate situation speaks to more fundamental questions. Instead of doing the right thing, government continues to deny and fight and this is wrong. Governments do not have the right to control or choose Metis peoples’ associations with others. Metis people have the Aboriginal right to ensure that their connections to culture and communities are protected.

    • Concerned February 25, 2016 at 4:31 pm #

      Do you think Caucasians can suddenly declare themselves to be Metis? Do you see this as wrong? Is Metis an ancestry or a religion?

      • Keith Henry February 25, 2016 at 7:05 pm #

        Concerned,

        Are you alleging this family is not Metis?

        I encourage you to focus on the best interests of the Metis child with this loving Metis family.

        Thank you

        Keith Henry
        President

        • Concerned February 26, 2016 at 6:12 am #

          Keith,

          I’m more so questioning whether this child is Metis. I am Caucasian and when I am presented with a questionnaire that asks me to check off what race I am I choose the correct box 100% of the time. Why would the birth family check off the Caucasian box for the first two siblings and then Metis for the third?

          Regardless though, whatever race the children are, they share that together 100%. Keeping them together ensures cultural continuity.

          I wish you well in your ongoing mission to fight for what you feel is right. I hope though that you find it in you to allow this transition to the Ontario family to go smooth and without incident for this little girl.

          -Concerned.

          • Keith Henry February 26, 2016 at 6:24 am #

            Thanks Concerned,

            I do not know for certain why the biological parents did what they did in the last. In fact I do not know they did or did not identify as Metis.

            Regardless we are trying our best for the situation at hand. Our leadership collectively agreed to fight the situation based on the facts we were presented.

            I respect your views but we also want what is best for the Netis Foster child and we do not believe the facts support what is best at this point.

            Respectfully

            Keith Henry
            President

          • Jerome February 26, 2016 at 6:50 am #

            Metis by convenience. I wonder if any of these people are Metis now. Could they be playing the Metis card as a last ditch effort? Where was bcmf in their situation over the past year?

          • Keith Henry February 26, 2016 at 9:26 am #

            Jerome,

            Do not try to play this angle now. The family has been members of the BC Metis Federation for years, prior to this case.

            We supported when we were asked, unlike other Metis organizations who did not even take the time to meet the family or child yet today speak in support of the adoption with absolutely no first hand knowledge.

            That is truly a crime.

            Keith Henry
            President

  11. jerome February 25, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

    I must agree that government does not have the right to choose metis peoples associations, but this is not the government fighting this, nor is it MNBC. This is a decision made by the MCFD (the legal guardian of the child) in consultation with the Commission for Metis Children. They feel they made the best decision for the long term success of the upbringing of this child. I am certain that all these people are experienced in child protection and family preservation, and they are liable to the community and society for their decisions. These are not decisions to be made lightly in the court of public opinion. Particulary the BCMF giving their opinion where the highest level of education is a dated Bachelor degree in Education. Unless i’m wrong, all the highly educated people quit the BCMF some time ago.

    Trying to put the blame on MNBC, or Christy Clark, or Liberal gov’t, as if they had any say in this at all is pure agitation and his is utterly unfounded. Far more unfounded than the suggestion that BCMF used this situation for attention and press purposes.

    I believe the BCMF has probably the highest web-presence and media costs in the country for an aboriginal group. So, the “unfounded” accusation may have some grounding after all given the amount of resources spent on BCMF media self promotion. It’s no surprise Keith spends a lot of time showing how much reach the BCMF has in their media – they pay the most for it. Many other groups use this money for community purposes rather than self promotion.

    • Keith Henry February 25, 2016 at 7:18 pm #

      Thank you Jerome,

      I want to clarify a few points on your latest post. You continue to defend a situation you seem to think you know? How I am not sure.

      Regardless I spent time with the family, met the Metis foster child, and the bond and love is incredible to witness. My short time with the family is more that any of the list of MCFD social workers on her file, Metis Commission or anyone else have spent in 2.5 years for that matter. The question you deny is where is the accountability for the Metis cultural protection for this Metis child? The Metis Commission has no clear direct understanding of this case yet they made a decision to support adoption last July. They clearly did not know the family situation or Metis child and understand her needs. When BC Metis Federation got involved we asked the Metis Commission why? As we have stated before their response was this could have gone either way. Well now does this seem fair in light of all of these alleged professionals who never spent 1 minute with the Metis foster family or Metis foster child. Truly sad no matter what you try to convince us of. Not to mention actual doctors and other professionals who state emphatically that a removal will be traumatic, life long in fact.

      The Representative for Children and Youth Office is now involved and appears to support our position that there is not a proper Metis cultural plan and they have called for an independent review of the file. We have agreed not to post their letter but your suggestion that the system must be right will be tested shortly. I have confidence that an independent review and our court actions will ensure the best outcome for SS.

      Your personal attacks show your disrespect and the knocks you make are completely wrong but your opinions, as you have repeatedly shown to all, continue to reveal your true intention here.

      For the record we pay very minimal for our online presence. If you understood the information in our Annual Report as an example from this past year most of our social media and website visits are organic, meaning people come to read because they want to be here.

      It is becoming quite interesting to read your spin while showing no care for our Metis cultural protection or the true well being of the Metis Child. Your actions show your immaturity and will not be tolerated.

      Going forward we welcome debates but focus on the needs for this Metis Foster child, not your ongoing uninformed opinions. If you truly knew the foster child and the bond with the Metis foster family, I believe you would be embarrassed by your comments here. So sad individuals such as yourself always want to distract from the real issue, that is fighting to keep our Metis children with Metis families and our culture.

      Time to grow up.

      Thank you

      Keith Henry
      President

  12. Concerned February 26, 2016 at 3:36 am #

    Keith,

    You fail to realize that a Foster parent’s job is to form a strong bond with a child as that bond or attachment if you will will transfer to the adoptive parents. Any trauma that the child goes through, and I agree it will be traumatic, will fade and it is here where you have to look at the big picture. This family has since June, 2015 tried to stop the MCFD from completing a good transition. So instead of moving this little girl when she was less than two years old she is now going to be moved when she is 2 yrs 4 months old. It will be more difficult and a more traumatic and THAT is a direct result of the foster family’s actions to petition the court.

    It’s time to let this little girl move to Ontario to grow up with her sisters. It’s time to let go.

    Regards,
    Concerned.

  13. Keith Henry February 26, 2016 at 6:12 am #

    Thank you Concerned,

    I respect your views but again we want this Metis Foster child to stay with the Metis Foster family.

    Why do you feel the MCFD removal will reduce trauma over time? The doctors disagree with your assessment that the child trauma will fade. There is more than one professional that says the trauma will be life long for the child. This evidence needs to be understood by all.

    If the adoption had happened in a timely fashion we all would not be in this position. But MCFD inactions did not act quickly and allowed the family connection to form. The system failed the Metis child then and to compound the issue snakes no sense and is infinite her best interests.

    Thank you

    Keith Henry
    President

  14. Concerned February 26, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

    Keep Henry,

    The MCFD is stuck in an impossible situation. If the adoption had happened sooner then you would be arguing that the birthparents didn’t have a chance to “turn it around “. Instead we have the foster parents fighting to adopt this little girl even before the CCO is granted.

    I understand that there is nothing that I can say to change your mind as you will back whomever is Métis. Insofar as that I can understand your bias.

    -Concerned

    • Keith Henry February 26, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

      Thanks Concerned,

      MCFD created the situation so please remember this. We did not join the case until asked by our members to try and assist. On we looked at the situation (most of which has remained confidential) we took a position by our board which I am supporting as the President.

      Fundamentally though we want Metis children to be kept with our community/families if possible. We are not against non Metis families assisting if that is the only alternative and we realize we have to be practical about this.

      This case does not speak to this situation though. The foster family is Metis and they asked go adopt the child about a year ago after numerous MCFD social workers really did not follow up in a timely way which was the original plan. I hope you can see this changed the dynamics, the parental bond with the foster family that formed, and so much more.

      For MCFD to carry on with a plan they never properly kept make no sense in terms of the best interests of the child. As we speak MCFD is simply trying to transition SS to another foster family and why if they were going to bring SS to Ontario for adoption? These decisions are heartless and speak to how MCFD wants to punish the current foster parents for speaking out.

      One final note is we do not back all Metis cases and there are times we cannot get involved. But the facts dictate our response and the facts in this case overwhelmingly speak to the MCFD plans as NOT in the bests interests of SS.

      I mean no disrespect to you or anyone else when I respond.

      Sincerely

      Keith Henry
      President

  15. Concerned February 26, 2016 at 3:16 pm #

    Keith,

    I completely understand the MCFD’s decision to move her to another foster family. How do you expect the Ontario family and the current foster family to come together to transition this little girl after all that has transpired. They have practically sat on opposite sides of the courtroom!

    -Concerned

    • Keith Henry February 26, 2016 at 3:27 pm #

      Thank you,

      This is NOT standard practices and the little foster child is being unnecessarily negatively impacted. Again I wish people made opinions based on the best interests of this Metis child. I have seen how worried she is about her foster mother and father. The foster family is complying despite how hear wrenching this has all become.

      So now the foster child has a new foster parent and is becoming confused and worried.

      Maybe you think that is understandable but I certainly do not.

      Just stop and ask yourself what is in this child’s best interests? Being moved again and again?

      Keith Henry
      President

  16. Concerned February 26, 2016 at 4:03 pm #

    Keith,

    I agree, it’s not ideal. But neither is a transition where the foster mother isn’t supportive of the move. Emotions run high enough with a transition as it is. If I had my choice the foster family would have supported the transition 6 months ago. But that ship has sailed thanks to them.

    Does the little girl at least know the new foster family? Has she ever stayed there?

    -Concerned

    • Keith Henry February 26, 2016 at 4:11 pm #

      Thanks,

      SS does not know the transition Foster family at all.

      The current Foster parents are complying as well so should not assume they are not.

      The Foster family fighting to keep this child is because they know her, they are parents to her and thank is her reality. People keep trying to dismiss Foster child ss’s needs.

      Keith Henry
      President

  17. Concerned February 26, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

    Oh…and yes…whatever it takes to give this child the gift of growing up with her “Metis” siblings.

  18. Concerned February 26, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

    One more question Keith. Why did you post the appeal documents? Were you not able to realize before you posted ten that this was not in the best interest of this child? It seems to be a very hypocritical action.

    -Very Concerned

    • Keith Henry February 26, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

      Concerned,

      We were advised by legal counsel we could post and followed directions. When it was realized the names still had to be removed we decided to remove just to be careful.

      This was an innocent mistake. Regardless this case should be made open. There is a lot of misinformation by yourself and others here.

      I will continue to correct this.

      You and Jerome are a good team, interesting when we searched the IP address where they were from.

      No need to hide either of your real names. You can publish them or we will shortly.

      Each of you have your own political agendas and you are not disclosing this while you write on this website. We allow the posts because, unlike each of you, we want transparency and public debate on issues. Why hide your names if you are so right?

      Anyways we will continue supporting SS and the foster family.

      I hope you show courage to be honest about your real name and intention here.

      Readers please know we will no longer allow negative remarks and if “Concerned” and “Jerome” write further we will address a response directly via emails to their real names. Both of these people have interesting history…

      Keith Henry
      President

  19. Concerned February 27, 2016 at 1:59 am #

    Keith,

    My intentions? I can appreciate your support of the foster family however you provide a very one-sided bias view. I felt the need to provide some balance. I cannot speak to Jerome’s intentions however I do line up with many of his remarks. I too now am curious to know who they are.

    I’ll await your email so you can enlighten me with my “interesting history”

    -Concerned

    • Keith Henry February 27, 2016 at 10:39 am #

      Thank you Concerned,

      I will comment that it is disappointing that you do not know your real name. The fact is you are from Burlington Ontario which happens to be the place where the adoptive parents are resident. We have the address of exactly where your comments were sent from so no need to hide anymore.

      You are interfering in our Metis community and creating an illusion that you are a concerned parent from our members here in BC. Clearly you are not and are not Metis. You have no say in our Metis rights discussions when clearly you view your needs above the collective rights of our community and members.

      This is a serious matter you have created by your actions. Part of the adoption process in BC (law) requires a cultural plan for the Metis child that is connected to our Metis community in BC. Given your actions it is clear you do not support our Metis culture and will do anything in YOUR best interests and not that of the foster child.

      Your comments are all part of our next steps in the legal proceedings.

      This is unfortunate you decided to take this unethical route.

      Keith Henry
      President

  20. E.Bitterman February 27, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

    Interesting conversation but it seems to lack the ‘best interests’ of the child in any consideration by both Jerome and Concerned. Now that the child is 2 years and 4 months old removing her from her family would be emotionally stressful. Where are your hearts?

    There was a news story last year in September 2015 in regards to the Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family services on Global. I certainly hope the VACFFS is not at the decision making table. If so, I can now see the reason behind this improperly planned decision making by MCFD with backing from VACFFS.

    Quote: “Over the three-year scope period, there was a significant lack of Care Plans [Comprehensive Plan of Care], information on the children/youth’s cultural involvement, reviews of rights of children in care, and social workers private contact with children/youth.”

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/half-of-records-checked-for-vancouver-native-child-care-agency-were-inadequate/article26268956/

    • Keith Henry February 27, 2016 at 1:01 pm #

      Thank you Earlene,

      As we know the “Jerome” is connected to VACFSS as well.

      We will address.

      This is shocking to see how people hide behind an alias and attempt to misled our members by manipulation. If there truly believed their words they would stand up and be honest.

      We will not allow this.

      Keith Henry
      President

  21. pam erickson February 27, 2016 at 2:53 pm #

    Having heard of the little girl being removed from the only home she has known I feel compelled to add my experience to this very sad situation. I was adopted twice…once at birth and again at 5 years old. For me the second adoption was necessary and I did get into a good home. HOWEVER, the move was still harmful to the core of my being. It colors how one thinks, feels and makes decisions in life. One feels second best even when treated first best. I never feel that I have a right to be where I am or belong. I had a good adopted family and folks around me would say what a lucky little girl i was. Yes..I was AND I was in pain inside…I missed the brother and sister I had. They were birth to that family I wasn’t. I have grown to be successful in life…an RN, happily married, 2 children and yet I I always feel second best with an emptiness inside. I’m struggling to express this “core pain”. My heart aches for this little girl and her foster family. She is loved and happy…fight to keep her there.Be in touch with her Ontario home family so as she grows she can know them, but have the stability of the home she is in .Love and knowing ones roots are both important, but love tops roots. With all my heart I wish this letter could help her stay where she is !! Sincerely Pam

  22. Metis Kokum February 27, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

    I felt the compelling need to also respond to this debate.

    I am a grandmother with grandchildren in the age group of this young child. I see the bond that these kids have with the individuals in their home; their mother, their father, their siblings and other close family members. I cannot imagine the anquish and trauma they would feel if they were suddenly removed from the home and placed in an unknown environment. It sickens me to feel the emotions I feel when I think about it. I can’t understand how a mature adult could take part in such an action.

    This little child is a human being with very real human emotions, ss is not an animal that we can say that the trauma will pass with time and all the pain and suffering will be forgotten. This will impact ss forever and if you believe that a child at this age will forget you are sorely mistaken. My spouse remembers things back to age 2, he remembers the love he felt from the people he was raised with.

    The focus here is in the best interest of the child, ss is not a pawn in a game the balance of this child’s life is not a game.

    Let the foster family adopt this child, let her continue to grow and flourish in this home, let there be an avenue opened for this child to explore the idea of reaching out to the biological siblings when the desire is there.

    I pray that the right decision is met on Monday.

  23. E.Bitterman February 27, 2016 at 5:36 pm #

    Hope it goes well tomorrow ….

  24. Keith Henry February 28, 2016 at 6:46 am #

    In the case of the Metis foster child SS here is why so many of us our fighting, a fresh view from a qualified perspective:

    From: Allison Bingham
    Date: January 22, 2016 at 3:34:10 AM CST

    Jan 21 2016

    Re: SS

    My name is Dr Allison Bingham, and I am a Pediatrician locuming at Willow Clinic, who had the pleasure of seeing LM and SS January 21st.

    I feel SS’s bond with her foster parents is incredibly strong and reciprocated wholly. Removing this little girl from this loving and supportive family could have possible negative ramifications for her future behaviour and mental health.

    We know attachment is incredibly important, especially in the early years, and this family is wanting – and wishing – to provide permanency in an incredibly loving home, which is one of most important things in avoiding insecure attachment. Insecure and disorganized attachment can lead to increased risk of externalizing behavioural problems, as well as implications for later socioemotional development and mental health. (1)

    I understand that Metis Commission CEO, Eva Coles, feels that “a placement with biological family (siblings) and preserving their family bond is one form of keeping the Métis community intact.” However, this is placing theoretical future sibling bonds (in a non-Metis home) over SS’s best interests. Her emotional welfare, psychological well-being and future behaviour and mental health should be our priority. Uprooting this little girl will definitely cause acute emotional distress, with the possibility of psychological trauma, fractured attachment, adjustment disorder and disorganized future development. This does not seem to be a placement decision that is putting SS first.

    I would be happy to discuss this with you at any time if I can be of service.

    Many thanks and best wishes on this very important case.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Allison Bingham, MD., BMSc.,
    FRCPC Paediatrics
    (204) 688-6618

    (1) Fearon RP, Bakermans-Kranenberg MJ, van lizendoorn MH, Lapsley AM, Roisman GI. “The significance of insecure attachment and disorganization in the development of children’s externalizing behavior: a meta-analytic study.” Child Dev. 2010;81(2):435-56.

  25. E.Bitterman February 28, 2016 at 8:12 am #

    Where these letters allowed in the court case?

    How many other simular stories are out there we do not know about…..

    Sorry I meant hope all goes well on Monday ….

    • Keith Henry February 28, 2016 at 10:09 am #

      It seems like the court or MCFD have ignored what actual professionals have been saying for the past year.

      Hope we can still reach a solution.

      Keith Henry
      President

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