Independent investigation into Indigenous-specific racism in British Columbia's health care system launched
VICTORIA, B.C. – In response to yesterday's announcement by independent investigator, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, on the launch of an investigation into Indigenous-specific racism in British Columbia's health care system, Adam Olsen, B.C. Green Party interim leader and MLA for Saanich-North and the Islands has issued the following statement:
“Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has assembled a team to investigate racism in B.C's health care system including specific allegations of racist behaviour in emergency rooms. A new survey will ask all Indigenous people in the province to confidentially provide information about experiences while accessing the health services.
VICTORIA, B.C. – In response to the news of racist acts occurring in British Columbia emergency rooms, MLA Adam Olsen, interim leader of the B.C. Green Party and member of the Tsartlip First Nation, issued the following statement:
“I am well aware of the racism that exists in our healthcare system and I know it’s pervasive. It is devastating to hear about such blatant acts of racism, not just because the incidents themselves are abhorrent, but because it speaks to a work environment in which they were not only tolerated, but trivialized. Let’s be clear: nothing about this is a ‘game’ and I am deeply saddened to hear it referred to as such.Read more
Improvements welcome, but systemic change needed; Humanitarian crisis facing Indigenous children in government care
VICTORIA, B.C. – In response to new government protocols that will endeavour to provide consistent and reliable support for Indigenous children in care, Sonia Furstenau, MLA for Cowichan Valley released the following statement:
“Creating a protocol to ensure that the Province and First Nations work together in order to improve the outcomes of Indigenous children in care is a positive step, but it is vitally important that we recognize the harm that has been perpetrated on Indigenous families and communities by the child welfare system.Read more
VICTORIA, B.C. - In response to the arrest of several Indigenous Youth yesterday, the B.C. Green Caucus released the following statement:
“Yesterday afternoon I was invited by Minister Fraser to bear witness to his conversation with the Indigenous youth,” said B.C. Green Party interim leader Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich-North and the Islands and a member of Tsartlip First Nation.Read more
VICTORIA, B.C. - B.C. Green Party interim leader MLA Adam Olsen has been invited by the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs to visit their camps in northern B.C. this weekend.Read more
VICTORIA, B.C. — The Reclaiming Power and Place says the thousands of Indigenous women and girls who were murdered or disappeared across the country in recent decades are victims of a "Canadian genocide” characterised by the disproportionate level of violence these communities face within Canada through "state actions and inactions rooted in colonialism and colonial ideologies."Read more
VICTORIA, B.C. — Today, the B.C. Green caucus celebrates at the Parliament Buildings with the grade 4 students of ȽÁU,WELNEW Tribal School, who successfully lobbied the provincial government to restore the name of ȽÁU,WELNEW to John Dean Provincial ParkRead more
VICTORIA, B.C. - Sonia Furstenau, MLA for the Cowichan Valley and B.C. Green Caucus spokesperson for children and family development, welcomed dozens of residents from around the region to a town hall meeting in downtown Duncan Feb. 7 to discuss the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in care.Read more
MLA Olsen: Repatriation efforts a positive step, additional work to be done to return Ancestors and culturally significant items to Indigenous communities
VICTORIA, B.C. – Adam Olsen, B.C. Green Party spokesperson for Indigenous relations and reconciliation, responded to the news that the Royal B.C. Museum has awarded grants to 21 First Nations communities to support ongoing repatriation efforts.
“Communities pursuing repatriation face substantive challenges. It can take several decades and hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring ancestors or culturally significant items home. It is often someone’s lifetime work and sometimes people pass away before it is completed. That needs to change,” said Olsen.Read more
MLA Furstenau: Funding for Huu-ay-aht Social Services Project big step in right direction in turning tide on child apprehension
VICTORIA, B.C. – Sonia Furstenau, B.C. Green Party spokesperson for children and family development, welcomed the news that the federal government is providing funding for the Huu-ay-aht Social Services Project. The funding will support vital community services like pregnancy support and parenting education, hiring family and protection support workers, and developing opportunities for youth engagement and awareness.
“I am very hopeful that this funding will help keep more families together,” said Furstenau.Read more