Poor Poor Paige! This is such a sad and disturbing story but doesn't surprise me. The DTES is plagued with issues like this. Much of it stems back to social assistance and lack of funding and services. The system treats people like dirt. And you happen to be aboriginal then it's often less than dirt because you are stigmatized. Somehow people think it's their fault. Enough already!!
There is no one there for the people. I can't even begin to tell you the issues I faced when I was on assistance and to be a child born to an addicted mother trying to survive anyway she could it's just heartbreaking.
You have to hear this video. We NEED CHANGE NOW!!
As she says when are we going to have a proper program to help them not have to resort to survival sex and drug debt collections. WAKE UP PEOPLE!! WAKE UP BC!
“The professional indifference that plagued her life — that prevented
her from receiving a minimal standard of child protection, a minimal
standard of health care and even a minimal standard of education
services — must be the product of a system that has effectively
discounted the value of girls like her.”
"Turpel-Lafond said the investigation is among the most troubling her
office has ever conducted, but it is sadly not unique. She estimates
there are about 100 to 150 aboriginal youth similar to Paige in the
Downtown Eastside. "
I feel so sad for Paige, I am going to say prayers and do a little healing ceremony so she can rest in peace. Shameful, someone needs to be held responsible and it's you and me!! We need to help change this. Please do what you can, now!