B.C. Supreme Court overturns Indigenous mother’s $150K discrimination award

By Brielle Morgan  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter An Afro-Indigenous mother may no longer receive a $150,000 discrimination award after a B.C. Supreme Court judge overturned a ruling that found social workers violated her human rights. Justine (whose real name is protected by a publication ban) filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal in 2017, after Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (VACFSS) social workers took her four daughters and separated them into three different foster homes. In 2022, the tribunal found that VACFSS discriminated against “Justine” based on her Indigeneity and disabilities, violating section eight of B.C.’s Human Rights Code. Then VACFSS asked the B.C. Supreme Court to review the decision and consider tossing it out. In 2023, Justice Geoffrey Gomery spent five days hearing arguments from…

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