BURNABY, B.C.-British Columbia’s representative for children and youth says one of the messages she hopes comes out of a coroner’s inquest into the death of an Indigenous teenager is the importance of community connections. The body of 17-year-old Traevon Desjarlais was found in his Abbotsford group home, about 70 kilometres east of Vancouver, four days after he was reported missing in September of 2020. His death was ruled a suicide. A coroner’s jury made 18 recommendations Thursday, including calling on B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development to speed up plans for a new approach to care, favouring family-based services over care by contracted staff. Jennifer Charlesworth, B.C.’s representative for children and youth, said Friday that most of the people whom Desjarlais came into contact with during
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