‘NO GO’ Zones On B.C. Reserves’

“B.C.’s representative for children and youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, said she estimates there are about 25 of B.C.’s 203 ‘First Nations’ who have so-called ‘no-go zones’ on their reserves, in attempts to prevent visits from social workers.”ERBLNoGoZonesOnB.C.Reserves800x800FB‘Social workers left girl at risk in ‘no-go zone’

“A vulnerable aboriginal girl was left at risk because social workers were afraid to visit a ‘First Nations’ reserve where they had been previously threatened with a knife and a gun…

“The 14-year-old girl lived with a sometimes-violent, mentally ill mother, suffered physical and emotional abuse, and was likely sexually assaulted by at least two people in her community before taking her own life…the report said.

“B.C.’s representative for children and youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, said the social workers {afraid of aboriginal violence} effectively turned the reserve into a “no-go zone” that prevented them from protecting children in dangerous situations.

“The Ministry of Children and Family Development

“should never have accepted this situation”, Turpel-Lafond said. “They needed to step up and act and enforce [the law].”

“Turpel-Lafond acknowledged that social workers’ fears were valid. As one of the workers told our investigators,

‘I’ve been in situations where I’ve had a hunting knife pulled on me. I’ve had a gun pointed at me.’ ” 

“Turpel-Lafond did not identify the reserve in order to protect the privacy of the girl’s family. But she said there are other reserves that also block or limit the efforts of child-protection workers.

“She called on ‘First Nations’ leaders to OBEY THE LAW.

“I expect and I believe and I hope that every single leader of the 203 ‘First Nations’ in British Columbia will accept that what happened here was wrong, that they do not say to child welfare, ‘IF YOU COME ON THIS RESERVE, YOU WILL BE SHOT.’

“That can’t happen.”

“Children’s Minister Stephanie Cadieux said ministry policy prohibits social workers from ignoring child-protection complaints.

“No-go zones are not allowed”, she said.

“If a social worker requires support of police to gain access on reserve, then that is expected to be requested and delivered upon.”

“Cadieux added that if Turpel-Lafond is aware of other situations, the ministry needs to hear about them, “because it is not policy and it is not OK.”

–‘Social workers left girl at risk in ‘no-go zone’,
Lindsay Kines, Victoria Times Colonist, February 6, 2014 {CAPS added}

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/social-workers-left-girl-at-risk-in-no-go-zone-1.826649DANGER-NoGoZone‘B.C. Failed Girl Who Committed Suicide: Watchdog’ 

“B.C.’s representative for children and youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, said she estimates there are about 25 of B.C.’s 203 ‘First Nations’ who have so-called ‘no-go zones’ on their reserves, in attempts to prevent visits from social workers.

“She said social workers are legally bound to protect children, even if that means employing a police escort to check on a young person’s well-being.

“The Ministry for Children and Family Development should never have accepted the situation”, Turpel-Lafond told a news conference.

“They needed to step up and enforce the ‘Child, Family and Community Service Act’. They effectively drove to the edge of the reserve, pulled a U-turn, and left the child-protection complaints without investigation or followup because they were not wanted and they feared retaliation or violence.”

“Turpel-Lafond said social workers told her investigators they had been threatened with hunting knives and guns in the past. But that should not have stopped them, she said.

“They should have gone to the highest office in the province and child safety should have prevailed. You can never have a no-go zone with child welfare. You still don’t get to turn around and say, ‘Not today.’ You have to do the job.”

“Her report, “Lost in the Shadows: How a Lack of Help Meant a Loss of Hope for One ‘First Nation’s Girl”, concluded the girl was largely invisible to people who could have helped her. 
http://cwrp.ca/sites/default/files/publications/en/BC_RCY_Lost-in-the-Shadows2014.pdf

“This girl’s life was one of turmoil, and, in the case of no service, she made a choice that no child should make — she chose to end her life. Her desperation was ignored and she was left with her basic rights to safety and support unmet.”

“Neither the girl nor the community where she lived are named in the report. But it does say her family and her community agreed to share the painful details of her life.

“She was beaten frequently by her mentally ill mother, who heard voices telling her to hit her child, and the teen’s own mental health issues caused her to act out at school and harm herself. The report said social workers did not conduct an adequate investigation and health-care professionals, including doctors, failed in their duty to report or recognize the risk the girl faced from her mother.

“An aboriginal leader who attended the news conference said there are always complex circumstances surrounding decisions by aboriginal communities to restrict such visits, but most revolve around concerns that social workers primarily show up on reserves to apprehend children rather than offer services.

“Doug Kelly, chairman of the ‘First Nations’ Health Council’, said Turpel-Lafond’s report will be widely circulated among aboriginals and aboriginal politicians…

“I suspect this is going to draw the attention of chiefs and many councils, if they have no-go zones, to revisit that policy”, Kelly said. “Chiefs love their children. Chiefs love their grandchildren. There is a lot of work to do.”

“Children’s Minister Stephanie Cadieux said her ministry accepts the recommendations of Turpel-Lafond’s report, and she intends to stress that ministry workers enforce child protection laws — even if it means calling in the police.

“My deputy spoke with the deputy solicitor general to ensure police are available to our staff in circumstances where they require them”, she said. “We do expect that to be the case and our social workers will respond.”

“Last year, Turpel-Lafond reported the children’s ministry handed over a 3.5-year-old child to a drug-addicted, abusive grandfather with more than 70 criminal convictions. Turpel-Lafond said the grandfather was given money to purchase plane tickets to take him and the child back to Saskatchewan, but he used the cash to buy drugs and she never found out how the pair made it back to the Prairies…

“Turpel-Lafond said the legal duty to report child abuse concerns goes beyond social workers and includes all British Columbians. She said her report concludes health professionals, including doctors, repeatedly failed in their duty to report child protection concerns in the teen’s case.

“There’s no excuse, you must report”, she said. “Failure to report is an offence. AN OFFENCE, I note, THAT HAS NEVER BEEN PROSECUTED IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.”

–‘B.C. Failed Girl Who Committed Suicide: Watchdog’, 
Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press, 02/06/2014  {CAPS added}

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/02/06/bc-child-watchdog-government-failed-girl-suicide_n_4739511.html

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, B.C.’s representative for children and youth -- Photograph By DARREN STONE, Times Colonist
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, B.C.’s representative for children and youth — Photograph By DARREN STONE, Times Colonist

The stories preceding this are from the Spring of 2014. Despite all the promises made at that time, here we are in October, 2015, and it would seem that little, if anything, has changed:

‘B.C. social workers union calls for safety review of ‘no-go zones’

“The union representing B.C.’s social workers wants to know once and for all whether some of its members avoid areas of the province out of concern for their personal safety.

“The union is calling for a health-and-safety review into so-called “no-go zones” that would also canvass what communications devices, such as satellite phones, are available to front-line workers. Concerns about such NO-GO ZONES, PARTICULARLY IN ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES, emerged last year in a report by the B.C. children’s advocate, which examined the suicide of a 14-year-old girl living in a rural ‘First Nations’ community…

“The ‘British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union’ (BCGEU), which released a report on Thursday calling for an overhaul of aboriginal child and family services in the province…says it wants the government to acknowledge and track the issue.

“[The Ministry of Children and Family Development] says there is no such thing as a ‘no-go zone’ – but THERE ARE AREAS OF THE PROVINCE WHERE SOCIAL WORKERS ARE AFRAID TO GO and THEY HAVE TO GET THE POLICE TO GO IN AHEAD OF THEM,”

union vice-president Doug Kinna said, adding that such areas are in cities as well as remote, rural places.

“The union’s report calls for a province-wide inventory and identification of so-called “no-go zones.”

“Children and Family Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux said in a statement that her ministry had only just received the report, but would review it. She also said the ministry hadn’t heard directly from the union about the issues raised in the report.

“The B.C. government recognizes the challenges that many of our ‘First Nations’ and aboriginal children, youth and families face”, Ms. Cadieux’s statement said {But THIS is about the problems social workers face FROM aboriginals. Aboriginals aren’t always the victim!}.

“We will take the time we need {We’re sure of that…} as a ministry to review their recommendations from [the report] in the context of the other work currently underway.”

“Ms. Cadieux added that any changes to the system must involve aboriginal leaders.
{What if they’re part of the problem?}

“In response to questions about last year’s report from the children’s advocate, Ms. Cadieux said at the time that ‘no-go zones’ are not allowed and, if a social worker needs support of police to gain access on reserve, such support must be delivered. The ministry also said it has agreements with bands to ensure access to children on reserves who face health or safety concerns… 

{Helping Canadian children on reserves requires the ‘permission’ of the tribal government, just like helping Canadian children in Toronto requires the permission of Toronto City Council.
Oh, wait… it doesn’t — because that would be ridiculous! So, why is this the case with reserves? Yet another example of the application of Race Based Law…}

“The ideal outcome is that governments understand their role in supporting and prioritizing the resourcing for aboriginal child and family welfare in B.C.”, 

BCGEU president Stephanie Smith said on Wednesday, referring to both the provincial and federal governments, which each have a role in aboriginal child services. {Well, that would explain right there why this system doesn’t work!}

“B.C.’s system also includes {segregated} ‘delegated aboriginal agencies’, or ‘DAAs’, community-based groups empowered by the provincial government to provide child-welfare services in ‘First Nations’ communities.

“Delegated agencies have come under fresh scrutiny since 18-year-old Alex Gervais, who was in the care of ‘Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society’, died last month after being placed in a hotel. His death is under review by the province.

“A 2013 report by the Representative for Children and Youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond {an actual report that the union has ignored, rather than this political manifesto – See story immediately below this one…}, found the province was directing about $90-million a year to delegated agencies WITHOUT A GOOD IDEA OF THEIR PERFORMANCE.

“The new BCGEU report recommends full disclosure of funding to delegated agencies and an immediate review of all delegation agreements…”

–‘B.C. social workers union calls for safety review of ‘no-go zones’,
WENDY STUECK, Toronto Globe and Mail, Oct. 08, 2015  {CAPS added}

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bc-social-workers-union-calls-for-safety-review-of-no-go-zones/article26713459/

Photo: CBC
Photo: CBC

From 2013:
‘Aboriginal child welfare system is a gravy train with no destination’ {November 16, 2013}:

“The rewards given to initiatives and projects that have no chance of ever coming to fruition because they are fundamentally flawed have created an industry and forgotten the children and youth.” 

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“The effort to reform government services for aboriginal children began with the best of intentions on the part of public servants, politicians and native leaders alike.

“More than half of the children in care are aboriginal, though they account for less than 10% of the population under the age of 18…

“Landmark agreements between government and aboriginal leaders set the foundation for a new, more positive relationship (and) created a climate of hope,”  

as child and youth representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond noted in a report released Wednesday.

“But as Turpel-Lafond goes on to chronicle in her almost 100 detailed and fully researched pages (46 boxes of documents, 76,000 pages reviewed), the result was a decade-long public policy catastrophe.

“Since 2002/03, MORE THAN $66 MILLION HAS BEEN EXPENDED on these change initiatives AND NOT A SINGLE CHILD DIRECTLY SERVED..”

“About half the money went to an attempt — subsequently abandoned — to establish regional authorities to deliver aboriginal child care.

“Nearly $35 MILLION … PAYING PEOPLE TO MEET, HIRING ‘CONSULTANTS’ to facilitate those meetings, and PRODUCING MATERIALS OF QUESTIONABLE PRACTICAL VALUE that almost never addressed the actual difficulties children and youth were experiencing in their lives.”

“After that exercise was abandoned, the government substituted a replacement program, “Indigenous Approaches”, that Turpel-Lafond characterizes as

“a hodgepodge of financial arrangements” grounded in A BELIEF THAT “’FIRST NATIONS’ ‘partners’ SHOULD DO WHAT THEY WANT” and be funded accordingly.

“The agenda was ad hoc and securing resources consisted of making a pitch to senior officials, who then recommended funding for activities. THE FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING WAS TOO POOR TO PERMIT ASSESSMENT OF OBJECTIVES AND OUTCOMES. These projects existed outside most government financial and policy frameworks.”

“Against that backdrop, one has to note her damning comment on where many of the aforementioned millions landed:

“TO BE BLUNT, A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF MONEY HAS GONE TO PEOPLE WHO PROVIDE NO PROGRAM OR SERVICE TO DIRECTLY BENEFIT CHILDREN.”

“The representative doesn’t hesitate to name names. Page 51 of the report details some 18 NATIVE ORGANIZATIONS THAT RECEIVED $32 MILLION IN CONTRACTS over the years 2009-2012.

“No question that this is a tale of bureaucratic failure:

“THERE COULD NOT BE A MORE CONFUSED, UNSTABLE AND BIZARRE AREA OF PUBLIC POLICY THAN THAT WHICH GUIDES ABORIGINAL CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES IN B.C. This area is rife with PERVERSE PERFORMANCE MEASURES, THE ABSENCE OF ANY REAL INCENTIVES FOR CHANGE and no end-state goals on how services to aboriginal children and youth will be improved.”

“But she doesn’t let the native leadership off the hook:

“The role of ABORIGINAL ORGANIZATIONS — ESPECIALLY POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS— has also been central, as they have entered into high-level agreements and HAVE BEEN WILLING PARTICIPANTS IN THIS PUBLIC POLICY FAILURE.” 

{Are you paying attention, Chief Phillip?}

“Turpel-Lafond voices thinly-veiled contempt for the supposed “nation-to-nation” nature of negotiations between the province and local native child care agencies.

“Many of THESE NEGOTIATIONS ARE NOT WITH “NATIONS” AT ALL, but with community organizations, urban groups and others who lack the representational capacity to enter into self-government negotiations. NOR IS B.C. A NATION.”

“She zeros in on a whole CULTURE OF EVASION, where CHEQUES ARE WRITTEN WITH NO ACCOUNTABILITY, MONEY DISPENSED WITH NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

“This area is rife with competing ideas, episodes of activity directed without policy basis, and FOLLOWS NO OBSERVABLE LOGIC, leaving it open to OTHER AGENDAS {like aboriginal racial nationalism and segregation}. Aboriginal child welfare GOALS, STRATEGIES AND INTENDED OUTCOMES ARE UNDEFINED, there is a LACK OF EVIDENCE-BASED STANDARDS AND PRACTICES, there is a disparity in access and availability of services, and there is a lack of accountability to aboriginal children whose lives have been impacted by the child welfare system.”

“But every consultation, every contract, and every cheque creates an entrenched interest, and severing those relationships won’t be easy.

“There will be significant dissent”, she predicts. “THE REWARDS GIVEN TO INITIATIVES AND PROJECTS THAT HAVE NO CHANCE OF EVER COMING TO FRUITION BECAUSE THEY ARE FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED HAVE CREATED AN INDUSTRY, AND FORGOTTEN THE CHILDREN and youth.”

“She closes with five pages of recommendations, framed by a call to action.

“Senior bureaucrats and others in government must return to a model of public service and accountability that permits good collaboration but doesn’t abdicate control or send a massive chunk of the budget out to A SECTOR THAT WILL PROVIDE NO SERVICE BUT APPEARS TO MAKE EVERYONE FEEL GOOD , OR PROVIDES AN ILLUSION OF PROGRESS WHERE THERE IS NONE.”

“The ‘feel-good factor’.

“The illusion of progress where there is none.

“The PRETENCE of ‘nation-to-nation’ negotiations.

“An industry living off the avails of unfortunates.

“Turpel-Lafond confines her comments to the territory she knows, the programs she has examined in depth. But you could say the same thing about any government program that expends millions of dollars in the name of aboriginal people, without providing demonstrable benefits to even one aboriginal child.”

–‘Aboriginal child welfare system is a gravy train with no destination’,
Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun, November 6, 2013 {CAPS added}
vpalmer@vancouversun.com

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bcgeu-logo-and-nameAside from the ‘no-go zones’, the Left-wing union report not only advocates the expansion of segregated child care, but seems intellectually unable to grasp the source of the problem – Race Based Law. From the Report:

“B.C.’s {segregationist} ‘aboriginal child welfare system’ needs to be reformed to address ‘cultural sensitivities’ and ‘historical injustices’, and to define a new service delivery model. The current system is not structured in the best interests of aboriginal children or families. It involves an overly complex patchwork of agencies, relationships and funding arrangements.

{The complexity is due to segregating child care – because of Race Based Law. To make matters worse, the socialist ideologues invited race-baiting Chief Stewart Phillip to the press conference.}

“The ‘Closing the Circle’ report was launched at a public event featuring Grand Chief Stewart Phillip {He used the opportunity to make his usual segregationist comments}:

“As ‘aboriginal people’, we absolutely need and deserve ‘culturally appropriate’ and adequately funded aboriginal child, youth and family services”, says Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the ‘Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs’, who has endorsed the report.

–‘ B.C.’s aboriginal child welfare system is overly complex and under-resourced, new BCGEU report says’ 

http://nupge.ca/content/12551/bc%E2%80%99s-aboriginal-child-welfare-system-overly-complex-and-under-resourced-new-bcgeu

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The  other union {NUPGE}  is an unequivocal supporter of Segregation and Race Based Law:

“It’s critical that we show our solidarity with aboriginal people though action and ‘justice’. This is the only way our nation will be able to truly move beyond shame to reconciliation.”

— James Clancy, National President, National Aboriginal Day 2015, 19 Jun 2015.

“NUPGE has a proud history of ‘fighting racism’ and intolerance, promoting ‘justice’ and ‘self-determination’ for aboriginal communities in Canada”, noted Clancy. “It has been NUPGE policy for the past 25 years to support aboriginal peoples’ {so-called} ‘inherent right’ to self-government and to have that ‘right’ acknowledged in our Constitution.”

http://nupge.ca/content/12327/national-aboriginal-day-2015-time-reconciliation-through-action-and-justice
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More from the union:

“It is true that the federal government has already offered a formal apology for the residential school system. But that was seven years ago and for ‘indigenous people’ in Canada, little has changed. A recent poll found that more than 60% of Canadians still believe ‘indigenous people’ themselves are to blame for their poverty and high rates of incarceration — sad proof indeed that apologies alone reconcile nothing. It is only through action that our nation will be able to truly move beyond this shame…

“We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to fully adopt and implement the ‘United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ as the framework for reconciliation… {Resulting in not only giving so-called ‘indigenous peoples’ independence, but also the co-management of Canada with our elected officials.}

“We call on the federal government to draft new {segregated} ‘indigenous education’ legislation with the full participation and informed consent of ‘indigenous peoples’. We all deserve to know the truth about our histories, and those truths must be taught in our schools… {In other words, the aboriginal version of events is now the ‘truth’, according to these union pseudo-intellectuals, and should be taught in school…}

And, of course:

“We call upon the federal government, in consultation with indigenous organizations, to appoint a public inquiry into the causes of, and remedies for, the disproportionate victimization of Indigenous women and girls. The inquiry’s mandate would include: an investigation into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.”

http://nupge.ca/content/12301/statement-truth-and-reconciliation-report
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See also:
‘Stop Blaming ALL Canadians’
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The same attempt at segregated child welfare is failing in Manitoba:

“Manitoba’s ‘First Nations’ advocate for children in care is accusing the NDP government and child-welfare officials of trying to muzzle her and prevent her from helping families in need…

“Tory family services critic Ian Wishart said the province has not been listening to Cora Morgan, who was appointed by the ‘Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs’ earlier this year to respond to ‘mounting concerns’ about the number of aboriginal children in the care of CFS…

“The minister added that it’s up to ‘First Nations’ CFS officials — and, by extension, ‘First Nations’ leaders — to decide whether Morgan can accompany families to CFS meetings.

“…‘First Nations’ leadership are part of our development of our system and the implementation. The agencies are run by ‘First Nations’ executive directors, hired by ‘First Nations’ board of directors”, Irvin-Ross said…

“ ‘Animikii Ozoson’ is the agency that sought legal advice on whether Morgan should be permitted to attend agency meetings with families. Bobbi Pompana, CEO of the ‘Southern ‘First Nations’ Network of Care’ that oversees the agency AND NINE OTHERS, said the agency wanted to make sure it was on solid legal ground. 

{“Animikii Ozoson”, “Southern ‘First Nations’ Network of Care’ that oversees the agency and nine others” – That’s sounds like the dysfunctional, money-paid-to-those-who-don’t-directly-help-children, B.C. situation…}

“We don’t want to break the law by giving information that we’re legally not able to”, she said.

“Pompana says SFNCC has been working cooperatively with Morgan to find out how she can play a role for families without breaking any rules.

“Her position is not legislated and not on the list of a person that we can share information with”, she said.

“Pompana says Morgan would be able to sit it in on meetings if she got a court order for each particular case she handled.

–‘Manitoba ‘First Nations’ child advocate says province is muzzling her’,
CBC News, Oct. 08, 2015

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-first-nations-child-advocate-says-province-is-muzzling-her-1.3261542
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