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November 16, 2011 permalink
Jules Greyeyes, a Manitoba advocate who has appeared in these pages several times before, notes that many of the people responsible for Manitoba's child welfare system are graduates of the University of Manitoba. The letter below is in advance of his scheduled November 22 meeting with Mr Harvey Frankel and the faculty to discuss the university's role in the failure of child welfare.
Northend Advocacy Group (NAG)
689 Magnus Ave
Winnipeg, R2W 2E1
November 3, 2011
David T. Barnard - President and Vice-Chancellor
202 Administration Building, University of Manitoba,
Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2
Office: 204-474-9345 Fax: 204-275-7925
Re: Complaint regarding your employees Harvey Fenkel, Wendy Whitecloud, and Michael Hart
Dear Mr. Barnard,
Nice to see someone is taking responsibility for actions related to contributing to the residential schools, although, this should have come a long time ago. What was the reason for you doing this well after the survivors reached a settlement?
Nevertheless, I again want to make you aware of the actions of your social workers who’ve graduated and now sit at the helms of CFS here in Manitoba. Why are Social Workers coming out of your institution, who then go on to work for the child welfare system, are turning in to sociopaths with a sense of entitlement! You should now be addressing the “New Residential School System”, and how it has evolved. The foster home!
I wish to set a meeting with you to discuss what exactly your institution will be saying at the Phoenix Sinclair inquiry because the U of M had no direct dealings with Phoenix or the family, but I did. I also want to discuss some of the important emails I have been sending to your social work faculty raising issues related to the people working for your institution and those who have graduated, going on to work in Manitoba’s child welfare system.
Instead of getting any real answers from anyone in the child welfare system, the CFS Act is what everyone quotes. We need to take family court out of CFS when it’s CFS vs. Parents. 300 children dead in the last 7 years Mr.Barnard, and many of these children died as a result of actions in which CFS workers alone determine what constitutes the “best interests of the child” until trial. The U of M is still contributing to assimilation of aboriginal children through the child welfare system.
In closing, I hope that some good will come out of this but I have a petition with over 500 signatures on it asking for the removal of the board of the Southern Authority and many of the people working there. I have also lodged a formal complaint with the AMC citing the bylaws of the Southern Authority which the board and workers continuously breach.
Source: email from Jules Greyeyes
Addendum: Jules Greyeyes has lost his partner.
ANGELA (ANGIE) MARIE MCKAY (published on December 08, 2011)
ANGELA (ANGIE) MARIE MCKAY May 5, 1968 - December 4, 2011 It comes with great sadness the family of Angela Marie McKay announces her passing on December 4, 2011. Angela will be sadly missed by her common-law husband Jules Greyeyes, who fought alongside her for nine years in her battle against COPD (lung disease); also left behind are her four wonderful children: Jules and Justin Greyeyes, and Brian and Melanie McKay. She will be missed by brothers Randy (Shannon), Ralph (Vivian), Robert (Rowana) and many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. Angela was predeceased by her father Robert (Bob) McKay, brother Brian McKay, sister Angel, cousin Sheldon McKay, and nephew David Keno. She will be remembered most for her smile which lit up any room, despite the pain of this disease. Angela was strong through thick and thin and coped with the physical ailments of COPD with laughter, the emotional toll will now be forever known. Mother Elsie Moar and dad Earl Moar would like to thank all those who helped in this time of need! Wake Services Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Service Friday, December 9, 2011 11:00 a.m. at Kateri Tekakwitha Aboriginal Catholic Parish at 548 Home Street, Winnipeg, with burial at Brookside to follow.
Source: Passages MB