Earlier, we reported on the appointment of Deb Foxcroft as children and family development's new assistant deputy minister of aboriginal services. According to an email sent to civil servants by her boss Lesley du Toit, Ms. Foxcroft is "presently Chair of the Aboriginal Chairs Caucus and the Chair for VIAT" as well as formerly being "Director of the first delegated Agency." Impressive credentials, to be sure. But what might the name of that agency be? Well, somewhat surprisingly, Ms. du Toit doesn't mention it in her communique. But our astute readers will know the first delegated agency in the province was Usma Nuu chah nulth Family and Child Services - the same organization that placed toddler Sherry Charlie in the care of a relative who eventually killed her. To be clear, though, Ms. Foxcroft wasn't the director of Usma at the time that placement occurred, having moved on from the agency in 1999 - three years before the tragedy. And, in an interview with Public Eye, children and family development communications director Kelly Gleeson added, "We are proud to have Deb as the first Aboriginal ADM of this ministry - something that has been supported and recognized by all aboriginal leadership in the province."
"Deb has 25 years of social services and child welfare experience. She was the first director of Usma and it is her work and vision that helped establish the model from which delegated agencies across the province now exist." In addition, she "developed the first child care funding initiative for reserves in BC, she has been involved at the provincial and national level in First Nations child care policy, she is internationally recognized for her role in indigenous human rights, and she has received the Order of BC and been recognized by the Children's League of Canada for community service."