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Probe of BC urban aboriginal agencies sought in light of Paige’s Story – CBC

by ahnationtalk on June 16, 20151206 Views

Jun 15, 2015

Questions surround funding and mandates of urban aboriginal agencies and leadership accountability

In May, a shocking report titled Paige’s Story was released byMary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, the B.C. Representative for Children and Youth

The report outlined how Paige, an aboriginal teen, and her mother lived on Vancouver’s gritty Downtown Eastside where she was regularly exposed to violence, neglect, open drug use and deplorable living conditions. Paige was 19 when she died of an overdose in 2013, and Turpel-Lafond cited the collective failure to act by multiple organizations as a factor in her death.

The report contained several key recommendations. Possibly the most significant is buried at the end — a call for the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation to review all urban aboriginal program funding and publicly report the results.

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