Families who’ve had children removed by the Ministry of Children and Family Development are urged to come together for comfort on Friday, Dec. 16.
The Cowichan Community Gathering, hosted by the Red Willow Womyn’s Society, will take place at the Cowichan Tribes Gym located at 5574 River Rd. starting at 9 a.m. and continuing all day until 7 p.m.
Its aim is to offer the opportunity for families across the community to share their stories, find out about the complaint process and realize they are not alone in what is a very stressful situation.
“We want to offer people our knowledge of what we have learnt,” Patricia Dawn of Red Willow said early this week.
“Families have been afraid to file complaints because they feel threatened they will never see their children again.”
Additional information days are scheduled for Jan. 12 and 26, 2017.
“The support of the MLA office, Cowichan Tribes, North Cowichan council and the business and private sector have created this opportunity to gather, building strength in our relations to one another through community participation and engagement,” Dawn said.
This free event includes Cowichan protocol, a sharing circle, lunch and a second sharing circle later in the afternoon, winding up at 7 p.m.
“We appreciate and want to acknowledge the incredible support from our community and invite anyone who is interested,” Dawn said.
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