Minister of Children and Family Development Letter to BC Metis Federation

BC Métis Federation continues to address the injustice of the Métis case of SS.

BC Métis Federation is sharing the latest response received from Honourable Katrine Conroy, Minister of Child and Family Development in British Columbia.

While the Province of BC letter is ambiguous about the case, there is new messaging about the new relationship with all Métis in BC in light of the upcoming meeting in November.

BC Métis Federation continues to advocate for a more inclusive Métis policy in BC.

Click here to view the letter from Honourable Katrine Conroy to BCMF

2 Responses to Minister of Children and Family Development Letter to BC Metis Federation

  1. Jacqueline Alderking November 2, 2017 at 3:48 pm #

    I am sorry to hear that the province will not discuss baby SS with the BC Métis Federation.
    I believe we need to take the sole legislated authority to make decisions for Our Métis Children away from one person. I believe it needs to be a united effort involving both parents, grandparents and the ministry(& foster parents) to determine what is best for the child. Leaving the decision to one person or entity reminds me of the Residential Schools.

    I am very happy to hear you will be meeting with the Honorable Scott Fraser to discuss Métis interests within the province. Thank you Keith for all your hard work.

  2. LM November 2, 2017 at 8:23 pm #

    ‘Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.’
    Robert Kennedy

    We must stand strong against this injustice. Minister Conroy, this is no time for politics. There is a young Métis child being held in an non Indigenous family away from her birth parents, culture, and adoptive parents while your government, which claims to have adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples continues to litigate against the very thing you claim to support. Why do you refuse to meet with this family? Why do your workers keep you insulated from the facts? Perhaps it is because they have something to hide and there is evidence to prove it. We are saddened by your unwillingness to stand behind your legislation and instead to allow millions to be spent in court on a case you know nothing about because no one in your government will meet with the birth parents or the adoptive parents. We voted for change but instead we were given leaders who simply do what the public servants order without taking the time to research the matter themselves. The director has not acted in the best interest of this child but charged ahead with a plan that had been developed before she was born, regardless of the bonds that she created in the next three years of her life, regardless of the advice from her physicians, regardless of the intervention of the Representative for Children and Youth, regardless of the demands of her Métis community, regardless of the wishes of her birth parents, and regardless of the precious bonds that she had created since birth with her family who had adopted her by custom.
    Practice Standard 31 from the standards of practice that your workers are to abide by says that workers “must” bring custom adoption to the attention of the birth parents and let them know that it is as legitimate as a statutory adoption in BC Law. Instead the workers covered up, fought it, threatened, and have done everything possible to disprove this adoption which is protected by the BC Adoption Act Section 46, the Constitution of Canada Section 35, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which your own government adopted.
    If the Premier and other ministers of our province refuse to intervene or even listen to the facts and see the evidences of the corruption within the MCFD, then they too are contributing to the cultural genocide that is continuing to occur through the Exceptions committee that meets monthly to remove Indigenous children to non Indigenous homes. The 60’s scoop is not over.
    We need a minister who will fight for these innocent children. The BC Métis Federation has spoken concerning our child SS. Your unwillingness to address this is not of good character. Do not hide behind costly court procedures to deny this child what is rightfully hers. British Columbians deserve better from our elected representatives. Please reconsider your response.

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