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Peter Lang March 31, 2016 · Chilliwack, BC · As many of you know, Linda Michele and I have filed a civil suit against the BC government. This is really Nick's civil suit -not ours. Here are some TRUTHS that you need to know because the mainstream media has not covered it adequately. Number 4 and 5 are the most important (to me). 1) We could care less about money. We both have roofs over our heads, and extended health benefits, thanks to a wonderful employer which is more than many people have in BC. Money doesn't buy happiness, but great relationships do. So invest in those if you want to be happy. We're doing this because this government seems to put money before lives and well being of Children and Youth, as evidenced by the under funding of MCFD, BC Public Education, Persons with Disabilities, Health Care and even our drinking water and farm land (Google: Shawnigan Water, Site C, fracking, etc).

Peter Lang
As many of you know, Linda Michele and I have filed a civil suit against the BC government. This is really Nick's civil suit -not ours. Here are some TRUTHS that you need to know because the mainstream media has not covered it adequately. Number 4 and 5 are the most important (to me).
1) We could care less about money. We both have roofs over our heads, and extended health benefits, thanks to a wonderful employer which is more than many people have in BC. Money doesn't buy happiness, but great relationships do. So invest in those if you want to be happy. We're doing this because this government seems to put money before lives and well being of Children and Youth, as evidenced by the under funding of MCFD, BC Public Education, Persons with Disabilities, Health Care and even our drinking water and farm land (Google: Shawnigan Water, Site C, fracking, etc).
2) Nick was on probation because he pleaded guilty for something he did to his Mom. Not because he was handed off, or abandoned, to #MCFD and put in a "drug program" like it has been reported. He was being accountable. He loved his Mom and, when he was sober, he realized what he did to her and he wanted to take responsibility. The BC Government, so far, is NOT being accountable. Our 15 year old boy is setting an example for our provincial leaders. Be accountable. Even when you make mistakes.
3) We have no ill will towards the program in Campbell River (they do great work), nor the caregivers where he was living when he passed, but the #MCFD worker ought to have taken the time to read Nick's file, listen to his parents, and do a proper assessment before he considered this program as a suitable treatment option. We thought he did. He didnt. He didn't read the police report, and shredded Nick's medical history document (which contained crucial info about his self harm history). He also ignored texts from his mom and I in days leading up to, and after, his placement in the program. Parents deserve the right to have input in their child's placement in ANY program. We were frozen out. Parental inclusion in program referrals needs to be enshrined in law.
4) Nick was Métis. The court appointed lawyer and the MCFD Probation Officer knew he was Métis. It was dismissed as unimportant. Many Métis people experience this conflict- feeling indigenous but looking European. Make no mistake, Nick was proud to be indigenous and its why he sought out First Nations friends. He felt kinship with them because he was raised to respect his indigenous roots and his indigenous brothers and sisters. Being Métis was, and is, important in this case.
5) Since Nick died, our biggest supporters (aside from immediate family and friends) have been our First Nations friends and family. Grand Chief Doug Kelly from the First Nations Health Council, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip from UBCIC and Penticton Indian Band, the entire Sts'ailes First Nation community and band council, including their Chief, Harvey Paul and our family at Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village (including the Kwik te alex). They were front and centre at Nick's funeral, and have stood by us ever since, as we push for positive change for our indigenous youth in care. I invite our Provincial and National Métis leaders to join us. You are welcome here.
So ignore the comments on the Internet news stories, Twitter and Facebook. They're just "keyboard warriors" who are generally ignorant and/or racist. Most likely both. You know the whole story and that is all that matters. We can all bring positive change to this beautiful Province in one way or another. Ultimately, change will likely entail replacing the politicians in Victoria with people who are passionate, ethical and smart. (Just like all of my friends.)
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Julie Ali Very troubling that families have to sue government to get them to do the jobs that need to be done but are not being done. It's time and money wasted on the part of citizens and government being dragged all the way to the justice place.

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http://globalnews.ca/news/3015820/bc-childrens-watchdog-report-on-death-of-15-year-old-nick-lang-released/


October 20, 2016 4:21 pm
Updated: October 20, 2016 7:53 pm

B.C. children’s

watchdog report

on death of 15-

year-old Nick

Lang released

By Paula BakerOnline Journalist Global News
WATCH: Global News talks to the family of a 15-year-old teen who died just days after entering government-run rehab, about a scathing report into his death.
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The province needs to not only fund but develop more substance abuse programs that can better provide for youth in need and their families, according to a new report from B.C.’s Deputy Representative for Children and Youth (RCY).
The importance of this is stressed in the RCY’s investigative report, which was looking into the circumstances leading up to the death of Nick Lang. This is the second time the children ministry’s watchdog has made this recommendation. Their investigation also found that Lang’s parents were “unable to access suitable, culturally specific services to help address their youngest son’s escalating drug abuse problem.”
Lang’s father, Peter, agrees with the highlights of the report and believes the ministry is missing the mark.
“It’s the Ministry of Children and Families that really lacks the cultural competence when it comes to dealing with indigenous youth,” Peter Lang said.
“That’s huge, that’s a massive aspect to this report — as well as the lack of services for youth before they ever hit the criminal justice system. There’s just nothing there and the government seems to link the economy to whether or not they provide resources for the marginalized in this province. And I’m tired of that because quite frankly — how much is my child worth to Christy Clark and how much is my child worth to Stephanie Cadieux?”
The 15-year-old Lang was found dead in a closet on June 9, 2015 with a shoelace around his neck just six days after being placed in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development in 2015. It was supposed to be temporary as the teen was getting help for a methamphetamine addiction and was placed with a family in Campbell River while he attended a treatment program for drug addiction that was paid for by the ministry.
Lang’s family said their son was not properly supervised while he was in care, but his host family said they were never informed that Lang needed constant supervision.
Nick Lang’s parents, Linda Tenpas and Peter Lang hold a copy of the recent report.
Nick Lang’s parents, Linda Tenpas and Peter Lang hold a copy of the recent report.
John Hua | Global News
Following Lang’s death, the MCFD started a complete review and the report was given to his parents. And in March 2016, his family filed a civil lawsuit, claiming a series of mistakes and a lack of attention cost their son his life.
The civil suit includes a long list of what Lang’s parents claim are errors that all played a role in their son’s 2015 death.
In May 2016, a B.C. Coroner’s report could not determine whether Lang’s death was a suicide or an accident. The report said there was evidence the 15-year-old was participating in the “choking game.” The game’s intention is not to cause self-harm but instead to cut off oxygen to the brain for a feeling of euphoria. It’s a risky behaviour that can result in death or leave the person with brain damage.
Conversely, B.C. Coroner Adele Lambert also found that Lang had been under stress prior to his death, which included a suicide threat. The theories, which Lambert called compelling, led to Lang’s death being ruled undetermined by the Coroner.
At the time, Lambert recommended that the Representative for Children and Youth review the government services provided to Lang “with a view to improving services and outcomes for children in the Province of British Columbia.”
In addition to the latest RCY reporting saying the government needs to create a system that includes community-based and residential treatment services, investigators for the Representative also found there were a number of points along the way when Lang’s path might have been “significantly altered had the proper supports been available or proactively offered to him and his family, including the potential option of secure care and the Intensive Support and Supervision Program worker the court had ordered for him.
However, the report could not determine with any certainty that Lang’s life would have been saved had he gotten more appropriate services, but it says it would have given him a better chance.
Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux said this is not a new recommendation from the Representative.
“She has raised it as an issue before and it’s something we’ve been looking at thoroughly across government,” Cadieux said.
Cadieux went on to say the premier has convened a cross-ministry cabinet working group on mental health with the goal of identifying gaps in the system and making sure family and individuals have access to support services as early as possible.
~ with files from Amy Judd and Jon Azpiri


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