BCMF Legal Update on Case of SS

The next step in the proceedings will be for the Court to hear the foster parents’ motions to keep SS in their care on an interim basis until the appeals are heard and for an order that the appeal of the Court’s decision to dismiss the first petition and its recent decision to strike the second petition be combined into one. The Court will hear these motions on Monday.

The Ministry has agreed not to remove SS from her foster parents’ care until the Court has made a decision on the motions. The Court will not hear or decide the appeals themselves on Monday. The appeals will be heard at a later date which will be determined by the Court.

At this time, BCMF will continue to prepare its intervention application for the appeals. However, BCMF will need to wait to file the application itself until after a decision on the foster parents’ motions to consolidate the appeals. We also have an opportunity to review the arguments that the foster parents are relying on.

In the interim, BCMF has requested the foster family’s lawyer Mr. Jack Hittrich to advise the Court on Monday that BCMF intends to apply to intervene in the matter as soon as possible.

3 Responses to BCMF Legal Update on Case of SS

  1. Jeanie Cardinal February 24, 2016 at 4:03 pm #

    A View of child welfare issues, engagement, and the Metis legislation of child welfare governance takes its toll at the cost is our Metis children’s one by one they will be taken. The flawed and failed system continues to have detrimental impacts upon our children, communities and culture as an Aboriginal peoples.

    This is the one issue issue voiced and many voices of our Metis children and families are silenced in thes processes. Child welfare and specific Metis child welfare governance is one of the longest unresolved issue at hand and has been since my contributions and commitment in service provision to our people.

    I have worked directly with children and families who I’ve sat with, watched thier children age within the system, be oppressed and harmed by the system and watched as some social workers make great efforts to make the oppressive system work despite the system. I’ve watched the reverse of that more often.

    I have worked with families, and worked along side others who have worked hard on behalf of and side by side, feeling thier anguish, fear, hopes, depletion and for some thier victories which also became positive outcomes against all the odds and oppression and system dysfunction.

    There is always more to the situations when ministries are involved. It’s a broken system, much like all our systems in and outside of the Metis systems.
    I have watched our systems fail my family, the families I worked with, the staff who advocate for our families.
    Despite that, we can not participate in pretending nor participating in disrespectful relationship behaviors.
    The price for both is the loss of leveraging and lessens opportunities for positive outcomes for our families until our systems are corrected, and until our self governance abilities become more competent and earn my trust.

    It’s not about fighting each other it’s about fighting a system that has proven it doesn’t work for the social workers toiling within the system nor the families involved with the system, it’s about respecting ourselves first while navigating within a harmful system of oppression and power imbalance in the absence of true self governance as a Metis people.
    We must require more of our Metis Governance, Political Governance and apply our energy and efforts against the Goliath System itself to promote positive change for us all.

    There is so much wrong about this case, every other child’s case, the case of inability to work collectively and cooperatively as Metis People, as Metis to Ministry, as Legal Justice Advocates and Social Justice Advocates, CHANGE IS NEEDED!.

    The difference here is, this case has a voice given to it. Many babies and families have passed through our systems, silenced and unspoken for and about and more will come and not be heard or known. Our systems are wrong, this inside it know it, those outside it know it, those in media know it, this in the legal system know it, those in the public know it. So why are we not working to collectively fix the system!!!

    As a Metis woman I have always experienced system oppression, as a service provider who advocates daily for our children and families with ministries and service providers doing delegated services, we as an agency are doing this focused fight for children in a system that doesn’t work for them or those of us working on thier behalf to keep thier families together whenever possible.

    Broaden your scope of view, through this case of baby SS, see the other children and the pathway of the bigger systems, see the change that needs to happen. That’s where the work is needed too.

  2. Mrs. Brown February 25, 2016 at 10:03 am #

    I am not Metis or aboriginal, but have been following this story as I have a young daughter around the same age as this toddler. This story reminds me of the Residential School System in that children are ripped from their families and culture. I am not sure if this angle has been explored in this case but there are similarities in the way the government has decided what is in the best interest of aboriginal children, against the will of their own community. It is so sad and tragic.

    Good luck with everything.

  3. Keith Henry February 26, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

    Hello Keith Henry:

    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 colours how one thinks, feels, 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, married with 2 adopted(!!!) children.. and yet I always feel second best, with an emptiness inside. I “don’t belong” wherever I am. I’m really struggling to express this “core pain”. My heartaches for this little girl and her foster family. She is loved and happy…. fight to keep her there. Be in touch with her Ontario family so as she grows she can know them, but have the stability of the home she is in. With all my heart I wish this letter could help her stay where she is !!! I think the Ministry is sounding high handed in this situation ! Sincerely Pam Erickson

    PS I have since found my original birth family(delighted to find I am part first Nation !!) and am in regular contact with my brother and sister from first adopted home.


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