Carrier Sekani Family Services And C.A.S.E.Y. Seek Child Advocacy Centre For The North

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
Carrier Sekani Family Services And C.A.S.E.Y. Seek Child Advocacy Centre For The North

The Carrier Sekani Family Services and the Coalition Against the Sexual Exploitation of Youth are joining forces to pursue a child advocacy centre for Northern BC.
“Normally what happens is a child (who has suffered abuse) would be interviewed multiple times by RCMP, lawyers, social workers, etc.,” explains Mary Teegee, the Executive Director for C.S.F.S. “That adds to the trauma.”
Instead, a Child Advocacy Centre would provide as single location where all of the relevant services are available and a child is in a safe environment and would only have to tell their story of abuse once.
Currently there are four such centre in the Lower Mainland, one in Vernon and one is being proposed for Kelowna, but nothing for all of Northern BC.
“In the North, there are no child advocacy centres. So what we have proposed is a First Nations Child and Youth Advocacy Centre, which would be the first of its kind in Canada.”
Teegee has made multiple trips to visit the Sheldon Kennedy Centre in Calgary. However, the project would need federal and provincial funding.

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