Nicole Sherren, the scientific director and senior program officers of the Palix Foundation, as well as Del Graff, the Alberta Child and Youth Advocate, the OCYA
's youth panel and the Honourable Kathleen Ganley, Alberta Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.
While another meeting with Feehan has not be scheduled, Graff says he provided the minister with a list of Indigenous people who were involved in the OCYA's report and he is aware that Feehan followed-up on that.
In writing "Voices for Change," the OCYA garnered information from the Aboriginal community, caregivers and stakeholders.
From those conversations OCYA
was "provided with some very good guidance on how to move forward with this work in a way that is respectful and gets to the information that we need."
On February 10, 2015, the Committee met with representatives of the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) and the OCYA
to consider requests for an increase to their approved budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.
This past April, OCYA
released a special report entitled "Toward a Better Tomorrow."
Provincial ministers for human services, Indigenous relations, and education and the associate minister for health all responded that they would take the OCYAs
recommendations seriously and work with partners to implement solutions.
recommendations) certainly haven't been implemented fully enough for them to have impacted circumstances like the one we just released a review on."
Elliott Young, originally from Ermineskin Cree Nation, is an Aboriginal engagement co-ordinator for systemic advocacy and outreach with the OCYA
Tim Chander, with the child and youth advocate office, says advocate Del Graff has requested additional file information and if Graff determines systemic issues were involved in the baby's death, the OCYA
will investigate and the results will be made public.
During this transition period to independence, youth often seek the help of an advocate and the OCYA
wants to hear what young people have to say and also hear from those who support them.
The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate released its annual report for 2014-2015 for what Advocate Del Graff says has been "one of the busiest for the office." OCYA
began work on a special report regarding the over-representation of Aboriginal children in care, which is a significant and growing concern in Alberta.