A First Nation mom whose children are in the care of non-Indigenous foster parents is fighting the system to have her children remain where they are. Many children’s issues in British Columbia focus on what is best for the children involved, and this mother — who had her five children removed from her care — says her children are allegedly being used as pawns by her First Nation to point out that Indigenous children should be with Indigenous families. The woman insists, however, that her children are happy, healthy and cared for by their foster parents and sending them to live with far-away family members they don’t know would be a mistake.
The mother says her First Nation is acting on its own agenda and her children’s happiness and security are being put at risk. She is challenging the court and provincial government regarding introducing her children to relatives they don’t know. She is waiting for a court ruling on a provincial bid to reject a challenge she brought forth regarding the province’s Child, Family and Community Service Act on her belief that the law violates her rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Canada.
The woman believes parents should be able to weigh in on who should get permanent custody of their kids. She claims she doesn’t want her children with her First Nation relatives because she claims she suffered violence and sexual abuse in her own childhood and the people now caring for her children, love them. She doesn’t want her children sent to strangers even if they are blood relatives.
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