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B.C. social workers are stressed, scared and seemingly muzzled

“I am not sure if they are trying to muzzle us or not, but we can lose our jobs if we talk to media, which is why staff are scared,” social worker says.

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Across Canada, more than half of all Indigenous people live off reserve, and nearly 61,500 Indigenous people now call the Lower Mainland home. B.C.’s Lower Mainland has the largest Indigenous population of any urban area in the province. Despite these numbers, urban Indigenous people don’t get a lot of love from local media. News coverage of Indigenous issues is usually about crises, suicide and tragedy, or land titles and resources back on the reserve. It’s important to give voice to urban Indigenous perspectives and stories because although reconciliation is a concept, when you dig beneath that, it’s really about people.

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