B.C. judge rules against appeal to remove Gitanmaax minor from First Nation community

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By Binny Paul, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A B.C. provincial court judge has ruled in favour of retaining a Gitanmaax child on-reserve in Hazelton after the band stepped in and stopped social workers from taking the child away on Oct. 17.
The crown counsel’s appeal on behalf of one of the directors from the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) for an order to remove the child from the family was dismissed by Prince George Judge Susan Mengering, said Gitanmaax in a statement.
The court ruling came two weeks after several members of Gitxsan First Nation, including hereditary chiefs, matriarchs and elected chiefs blocked ministry social workers from taking back a six-year-old at the end of her scheduled visit time.
Neither the band nor MCFD were able to clarify why the minor ended up in the...continued

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