Join us demand justice for Georgia and all children in foster care
“This is not just about Georgia. We need healing for the ones that have passed on, for the ones that are still stuck. We need safety for the babies in care now.” – Ali Colligan (Anishnaabe)
Georgia is five years old and about to be moved to her fifteenth foster home. In three of these homes, provided by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), Georgia was mentally, physically, and nutritionally abused. There are also signs she has experienced sexual abuse. Her mother, Ali Colligan, holds MCFD responsible and says they have attempted to cover up the abuse. “I want them exposed,” she says. “Bring it to light and bring Georgia home. Let her heal.”
A report from BC’s Representative for Children and Youth found that 98 children in foster care or receiving reviewable services died during a ten month period, from June 2017 to March 2018. Of the 98 deaths, 35 were Indigenous. “I don’t want Georgia to be the thirty-sixth. I don’t want her to be the one that sparks the change because she lost her life,” Ali says.
“This is not just about Georgia,” Ali says. “We need healing for the ones that have passed on, for the ones that are still stuck. We need safety for the babies in care now.”
While there are immediate reforms the provincial government could implement to begin to address the problems with the foster care system, MCFD itself is beyond reform: it is a colonial apparatus that breaks up Indigenous kinship networks and punishes single mothers for their poverty. Justice for Georgia, and for all children in foster care, means fighting to abolish MCFD.
For anyone in the Toronto area, End the Millennium Scoop is organizing a solidarity action on Friday, May 21 at 2pm EST at Native Child & Family Services of Toronto (30 College St, Toronto). Find the event on Facebook here.