May 1, 2014: The Children of Forgotten Promises

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The Children of Forgotten Promises

For Immediate Release: May 1, 2014

In response to the BC Representative for Children & Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond’s report, “On Their Own”, April 2014, Aboriginal Life In Vancouver Enhancement Society’s president, Ernie Crey, has praised the report as practical and says the report’s recommendations, if adopted, would help restore dignity and choice is supporting B.C.’s most vulnerable youth.”Making a healthy transition into adulthood, from government care, especially for urban Aboriginal youth here in this province’s largest city is something we should all get behind”. “The creation of a Youth Secretariat is long overdue and would help to align youth funding for better outcomes. And being accountable back to youth by using reliable research and measurements for success will benefit all British Columbians, as we support youth in government care”. And Crey believes we all have a responsibility to assist youth with housing, and encourage healthy relationships, educational plans, life skills, enhanced identity, and emotional well-being. He says that actively engaging youth in developing their own plans to independence is essential.

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Aug 4, 2015: MCFD Sidesteps Accountability We Need Action Now!

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August 4, 2015

MCFD Sidesteps Accountability

  We Need Action Now!

Approximately two weeks after Judge Paul Walker issued a blistering judgement citing the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Director of Child Protection and certain Ministry social workers for “intentional misconduct, bad faith, reckless disregard for their obligation to protect children, breach of the applicable standard of care” — and three years after Judge Walker issued an initial judgement in this case — the MCFD Minister, Stephanie Cadiuex, has decided that an investigation is in order.

Ignoring the fact that the province already employs a fully independent, appropriately mandated investigator: BC’s Representative for Children and Youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, the Minister has decided to bring back retired bureaucrat Bob Plecas to lead what can only be called a half-hearted attempt to divert attention from their culpability and placate the political firestorm that has arisen from the publication of Judge Walker’s July 14th 2015 judgement.

Revictimizing the Victim

Vancouver Sun reporter Ian Mulgrew has now made public the fact that the Ministry is continuing to harass the family exonerated by Judge Walker – once again interviewing the children and seeking home visits. No Ministry support has been offered to the family and they have been forced in recent months to rely on food banks.

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Join us for Reconciliation in Action 2015

 Aboriginal Life In Vancouver Enhancement (ALIVE) Society and Our Place are pleased to invite you to participate in the second annual Reconciliation in Action: Where Change Happens Community Celebration. This community-powered event will bring together residents, civil society groups, government, local businesses and community leaders on June 19th, 2015 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm – to celebrate and share community aspirations and successes, as well as innovative community strategies. 

The event is participatory and interactive, featuring a range of fun, family-friendly games and activities, as well as live performances and an Aboriginal artists market.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS include:

MARY ELLEN TURPEL-LAFOND
B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth

DOUG KELLY
Sto:lo Tribal Council Grand Chief and Chair of the First Nations Health Council

CHERYL CASIMER

First Nations Summit Task Force

ANDREA REIMER

Vancouver City Council

MC: Ernie Crey
President of the North West Indigenous Council, advisor to the Sto:lo Tribal Council

Check out last year’s event:  Reconciliation in Action 2014

And watch last years panelist interview: Where Change Happens Panelist Interviews

RSVP to Reconciliation in Action 2015 on Facebook

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RISE Leader Bios

Joleen

A little bit about me- Born and bred in East Vancouver and am very proud of my Cree, Blackfoot French and Scottish heritage. I have 15 years experience in the modeling industry and am privileged to have traveled around the world practicing my profession.

Now residing back in Vancouver where I’m dedicated to working with the Aboriginal community through RISE by connecting through art, fashion, sport and understanding.

Joleen’s Website

More to Come!!

Want to get in touch?

 ALIVE can be reached by email at info@alivesociety.ca or via phone 604.417.0327
 

Mailing Address:

ALIVE Society c/o Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre

920 E. Hastings St.

Vancouver BC V6A 3T1
 
*Mail can also be dropped off in-person to the front desk
 

If you are a member of the community and have any concerns, ideas, suggestions or questions, we encourage you to contact us directly by email or phone to discuss and/or set up an appointment.

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