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The Need to Make Amends

Tuesday, April 22, 2003
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BC Self Advocacy Foundation

In May, 2000, in response to allegations of abuse at Woodlands, the provincial government commissioned a review of Woodlands files by Dulcie McCallum. Her report, The Need to Know, confirmed that abuse did occur and that the problem of abuse at the institution was systemic. The report recommended a full investigation of abuse at BC institutions as well as an apology, compensation and other actions.

In response to The Need to Know report, the provincial government initiated a process to inform former residents about the report and to enable them to respond.

The BC Self Advocacy Foundation organized and coordinated four information sessions for former residents between January and March, 2003. These events, held in Prince George, Burnaby, Courtenay and Kelowna, included a review and discussion of a plain language version of The Need to Know and related topics. Options for obtaining further information, services and support were also discussed. Most importantly, former residents were asked to respond to the report’s recommendations and to say what they think should happen next.

Their report is below.