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MCFD Must Return Angila Wilson’s Children to their Family

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(Coast Salish Territory / Vancouver BC – February 27, 2015) Ten months following the horrific murder of their mother Angila Wilson, three aboriginal children remain in the care of the Ministry of Children and Families. Angila’s brother, Frank Wilson, and his wife, Leanne Bowcott held a news conference earlier this week where they stated they were screened by MCFD to provide respite care for other children in care.

“MCFD officials are deliberately refusing to recognize their legislative responsibilities and established policies which clearly state aboriginal children must stay with their aboriginal family,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. “Due to their excessive procrastination and refusing to honour their commitments to the family, Angila’s three children have been isolated from their loving family.”

Grand Chief Phillip remarked “MCFD would allow other children to be placed in the care of Frank and Leanne which is why it is extraordinarily bewildering and frustrating why MCFD officials including Minister Stephanie Cadieux refuse to act and place Angila’s children in their care. One has to question if the ministry is biased and perhaps biding their time in the hopes the aboriginal family members would withdraw their sincere offer to care for Angila’s children.”

“The UBCIC agrees with Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Representative for Children and Youth, it has taken far too long for the ministry to act. It is simply deplorably that MCFD has taken this long to act. For their sake, the children must be immediately placed with their family who deeply care and love them.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, (604) 684-0231

UBCIC is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

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