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Fixing the Indigenous Child Apprehension Crisis


Lawyer Maegen Giltrow won two cases in 2018 on behalf of a mother whose baby was taken away from her three days after birth. Few parents receive such representation when dealing with the B.C. children’s ministry, making it harder for them to get their kids back.

Indigenous children in B.C. are many times more likely to be taken into government care than non-Indigenous children. The outcomes for all kids in care are grim; for Indigenous children, the impact includes separation from community and culture.

In this series, Katie Hyslop reports on the huge barriers parents face in fighting to keep their children, and a promising model to help families stay together.

And Hyslop looks at a movement in the Cowichan Valley to block all apprehensions of Indigenous children and provide families with whatever supports are needed to keep their kids.

In This Series



In BC, Odds Are Stacked Against Parents Fighting the Children’s Ministry

Lack of legal aid, complex and costly courts are barriers. First in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 20 Nov 2018



Legal Centres Level the Playing Field for Parents Fighting to Keep Their Children

The expanding advocacy and legal program includes a focus on Indigenous families. Second in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 22 Nov 2018



One Woman’s Campaign to End Indigenous Child Apprehensions

Mom fights to get families supports before their children are taken. Last in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 27 Nov 2018