BRITISH COLUMBIA

Aboriginal Teen Who Died In B.C. Care, Has Spurred Change With Ministry: Report

10/19/2015 07:40 EDT | Updated 10/19/2015 07:59 EDT
BC Representative For Children And Youth

VANCOUVER — British Columbia's Children's Ministry says it has taken action in the wake of a scathing report on the short, tragic life of a young aboriginal woman.

The 19-year-old woman identified only as Paige died of an overdose in a washroom on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside in 2013.

Children and youth representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond said in a report released in May that Paige endured a "broken system'' characterized by persistent indifference from front-line government workers.

The Children's Ministry says in a news release that in response to six recommendations by Turpel-Lafond, it has created a rapid-response team to help at-risk youth on the Downtown Eastside.

Officials will also review all children and youth living in the area who are in ministry care.

The ministry says it has also created an awareness campaign reminding service providers that they must report any at-risk children or youth to the ministry — something Turpel-Lafond said did not happen in Paige's case.

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