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BC children’s minister says she is looking into birth alert system – CFJC Today Kamloops

by ahnationtalk on July 19, 201974 Views

Jul 18, 2019

KAMLOOPS — B.C.’s children’s minister says her ministry is looking at its use of birth alerts after a pair of Indigenous inquiries called on governments to change the system.

Birth alerts are issued to flag at-risk babies. In a recent case at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, a baby was apprehended by social workers 90 minutes after birth.

Both the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Inquiry Report touched on the system, with the latter report labeling it an act of violence.

Among the MMIWG report’s 231 Calls for Justice is a call to end the birth alert system.

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