Paige’s Story: Abuse, Indifference and A Young Life Discarded

Canadian CW report

British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth

Victoria, BC: The Representative for Children and Youth

This report documents the downward spiral of a child who had great potential but never received the protection, nurturing and care she needed and deserved. Professional indifference to her life circumstances continually left her – and at times even actively placed her – in harm’s way.

A drug overdose in April of 2013 was the direct cause of death for Paige, a 19-year-old Aboriginal girl living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. But it was actually years of abuse and neglect, persistent inaction from front-line professionals and an indifferent social care system that led to this young woman’s demise.