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Silence is complicit ----Mdm. Marie-Claude Landry Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission -----------Seven reviews in eight years Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention 2016 Implementation Oversight Committee 2014 Ministerial Roundtable: Investigations and Reporting of Deaths and Serious Injuries 2014 External Expert Panel following death of a child 2011 Child Intervention System Review 2010 Kinship Care Review 2009 Foster Care Review 2008-----

Silence is complicit ----Mdm. Marie-Claude Landry
Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission 

December 13

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and it takes years for the voice
to develop
from the silence
that suffocates
the way out of silence
is small steps
don't try for courage right away
simply start to speak
and ask questions
so that the information builds
so that the curtain lifts
you must be curious

and it takes so many decades
for a work to show its face
to understand horror
and the decapitation of performance
we stand at the gates and fence of power
and we weep
all these children
who never knew what was happening to them
who had no way to speak
all these deaths hold hands 
and reach through the complicit silence
and the silence speaks



don't tell me
that more paper will be generated
that a panel will do the work
that is already done
that we have paid for
we have waited long enough
for change to come to the GOA
we are speaking for change now
who will be the next child to die in care?
who will take responsibility for the next fatality?
who will tell us yet again not to blame anybody?
all these deaths hold hands     and reach through the complicit silence    and the silence speaks 



'More children are going to get hurt,' province warned on eve of review

Head of most recent child-in-care review says province needs to act rather than begin another study

Ann Sullivan · CBC NewsDecember 9, 2016
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The death of four-year-old Serenty has sparked another review of Alberta's child intervention system. (supplied)
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The man who led Alberta's last task force on children who die in provincial care says more kids are going to get hurt while the government conducts yet another review of the children-in-care system.
"It's pretty frustrating to hear that this is the exact same process that the previous Conservative government went through about two years ago," said Tim Richter who chaired the Alberta Child Implementation Oversight Committee in 2014.
"It's really about implementing the recommendations that have been made.
Tim Richter
Tim Richter led the most recent review of the children-in-care system in Alberta. (CBC)
"I'm just frustrated with the delay. More children are going to get hurt before the government takes the action necessary to keep them safe."
On Thursday, Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir, amid calls for his resignation, gave more details about an all-party panel that will review the child intervention system.
The panel has short term and longer term deadlines to report back with recommendations on how to improve the system, culminating in a report to be tabled in the legislature by the minister in the spring.
It will be the seventh review involving childrens' services in eight years.
The last six covered foster care, kinship care and a review of investigations and reporting of deaths and serious injuries.

Preventing similar incidents

Sabir announced the panel in the legislature while answering questions from Wildrose Leader Brian Jean about Serenity, a four-year-old Indigenous girl who died in kinship care two years ago.
"The premier has asked me to establish a committee that will include members from across the aisle that will look into this issue and will make sure there are enough safeguards in place that we can prevent similar incidents from happening," Sabir said.
Serenity was emaciated and badly bruised when she died from a brain injury. Medical records documented injuries that suggested the young girl had been sexually assaulted.
She died in 2014.
That same year then Conservative Human Services Minister, Manmeet Bhullar, asked Richter, to lead the deaths-in-care committee.
It came up with dozens of recommendations. Richter said the NDP, who were then in opposition, felt the committee hadn't gone far enough.
"Now we've had a controversy erupt and the [NDP] minister, the government, seems to be kicking the can down the road," he said.
Richter says rather than another panel, the government should implement recommendations made in previous reviews.
"We don't need to be going over this ground again" he said. "It's highly unlikely that a new panel is going to come up with anything that a dozen previous panels, or reviews or sets of recommendations haven't already come up with."
Richter says the first change the province should make is to have the office of the medical examiner review the death of every child who dies in care.

Seven reviews in eight years


  • Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention 2016
  • Implementation Oversight Committee 2014
  • Ministerial Roundtable: Investigations and Reporting of Deaths and Serious Injuries  2014
  • External Expert Panel following death of a child 2011
  • Child Intervention System Review  2010
  • Kinship Care Review  2009
  • Foster Care Review 2008


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10TH ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS AWARDS: AN EVENT THAT RECOGNIZES LOCAL HUMAN RIGHTS HEROES

December 5, 2016
Edmonton, December 1, 2016 − The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights invites the media to join them for their 10th Annual Human Rights Awards and the launch of Ignite Change 2017: A Global Gathering for Human Rights on December 11th, 2016, from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM at the ATB Financial Arts Barn (10330 84 Ave NW).
Held in commemoration of International Human Rights Day, these awards are meant to recognize those in our community who are actively promoting, fulfilling, protecting or educating on human rights, and making our communities a place where all belong, are included and able to participate. Chief Commissioner Marie-Claude of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Mdm. Marie-Claude Landry, Ad.E. will be the event’s guest and keynote speaker.
Every year awards are given out to recipients, who are local human rights champions who are building Edmonton as a human rights city. This year however we will be awarding our first winner from outside of Edmonton in our efforts to recognize Albertans making an impact. This is followed by the Gerald L. Gall Award for an individual who has made an outstanding contribution and has demonstrated excellence in the protection and promotion of human rights in Canada.
RenĂ©e Laporte, a Human Rights Champion recipient in 2015, explains what the award means to her,  “When you are an advocate, you face stigma and discrimination. You feel the hate marginalized communities face, and that drives you to work harder to see them have their rights upheld.” She was recognised for her work of over a decade as an educational assistant, inclusion innovator and pioneer in fostering high risk young women.
This year’s awards recipients are
Robert P. Lee
              Gerald L. Gall Award 2016
Paula Kirman
              Human Rights Champion 2016
Ruth Adria
              Human Rights Champion 2016
Kristina De Guzman
              Human Rights Champion 2016
Roy Pogorzelski
              Human Rights Champion 2016
The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights envisions a world that manifests a culture of peace and human rights in which the dignity of every person is respected, valued and celebrated.  We work to advance a culture of peace and human rights through educational programs and activities, community collaboration and relationship building guided by the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
For additional information, contact:
Tisha Raj
Project and Communications Coordinator
John Humphrey Centre for Peace & Human Rights
Contact: 780.235.2961 or tisha@jhcentre.org



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