Skip to main content

“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

‘I believe in the possibility of healing’

MARCH 15th to 21st IS ‘SOCIAL WORK WEEK IN BC’ – the following has been provided by the Ministry of Children and Family Development

Staying connected to her culture has helped Tara Michelle Bridge work through her own inter-generational trauma and continues to help her support children and families in her community.

Bridge, a child protection worker from the Kispiox First Nation, is one of the many front-line workers that Social Work Week recognizes and celebrates, March 15-21, 2020.

Growing up, Bridge says she relied on spiritual and cultural practices like singing, drumming and sports to help her stay mentally, physically and emotionally healthy. After 11 years with the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Bridge still relies on her connection to culture to help her, her family and the children and families she works with to overcome difficult situations.

“It’s important to understand that families dealing with intergenerational trauma often don’t realize that’s what it is,” Bridge said. “I bring in as many people as I can, the grandparents, aunts, uncles and the band representative, to start the conversation.”

Bridge said she is always “up front and honest” with parents and makes it clear “there is work they need to do,” but that she is there to help and support them.

One of the many reasons addressing intergenerational trauma is difficult, Bridge said, is because families often don’t want to talk about it. “They’re afraid their kids will be taken away,” which is why finding the right supports and cultural connections is important. Bridge works with parents and children to build a family plan, and then connects them with specific services through family wellness workers, counsellors and victim services so they can address the concerns.

When working with Indigenous children, “finding even one connection to their culture can make a big difference,” Bridge said. “I worked with two children in care who were home-schooled, and when I asked if they knew where they were from, they didn’t.”

Bridge worked with the parents and the band representative to develop a cultural plan, which included enrolling the kids in school where they could make new friends, socialize and connect to their community through various activities. It is a simple thing that Bridge said has made a huge difference.

“They smile so much more, and you can tell they feel connected to their culture by being involved in their community. Children should always know where they come from and feel like they belong,” Bridge said, explaining that a connection to culture can help children feel supported, like they are part of something larger, and can help their confidence and personal development.

Living and working as a child protection worker in a small community has its challenges. “I care about my community. My children are a part of it. It can be isolating though because people are wary of my work.”

With her husband and three children, Bridge said finding healthy, cultural activities helps keep her grounded and focused. “I do a lot of crafting, I make jewelry and I’m starting to bead. That connection to my culture helps me feel balanced.

“I’m basically a child advocate. I believe in the possibility of healing.”

Quick Facts:
  • As of Dec. 31, 2019, there were a total of 3,408 employees providing front-line work on behalf of the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
    • At Delegated Aboriginal Agencies, there are almost 400 front-line and administrative full-time equivalent employees.

Learn More:
If you think a child or youth (under 19 years of age) is being abused or neglected, call 1 800 663-9122 at any time, day or night.

Visit the BC Association of Social Work:

For people interested in learning more about becoming front-line workers for the Ministry of Children and Family Development, visit:


Popular posts from this blog

THE SIDEWINDER -- Just quit your constant damned whining and do something positive about it

  Living in a democracy is a wonderful thing, but it comes with responsibilities such as voting and being involved. When the dust settled on Saturdays (October 24 th ) BC election, less than two thirds of the eligible voters * took the time to vote - but the loudest bitchers will probably be among the more than one third of voters who sat on their asses and complained about how all politicians are crooks, etc. How many of you constant whiners have ever done anything close to becoming involved; or do you just like sniveling to hear your own voice? Are you one the arseholes who likes to take advantage of everything our democracy has to offer, without ever contributing anything? And I don't want to listen to your crap about paying taxes, blah, blah, blah. There's more to making democracy work than simply voting and then sitting back and let others carry the ball for you. Too many people seem unwilling to get involved - and follow-up - to make sure elected po

AARON GUNN -- He is, at his core, an ideologue, meaning the facts of any particular issue don’t actually matter

Ben Isitt - City Councillor and Regional Director Victoria City Council and its resident-genius Ben Isitt is back with another dumb idea. Introducing a motion to ban the horse-drawn carriages that have coloured Victoria’s downtown streets for decades, calling them “an outdated mode of transportation”. Are you serious?   No one is actually commuting by horse and carriage. They are here for tourists and residents alike to interact with world-class animals and discover the magic and history of our provincial capital. It’s part of what gives Victoria its charm. And the truth is these horses are treated better than anywhere else in the world. They probably live better lives than many British Columbians.   And talk to anyone who works with these horses and they’ll all tell you the exact same thing: this is what the horses love to do. This is what they were bred for and trained for. This is what gives their lives purpose and meaning. But maybe we shouldn’t be su


I have just struggled through Cheryl Ashlie's column ( MacDuff’s Call: A political novice with a sizeable ego ), in the Sept. 22 edition of The Maple Ridge News. To say the least, Ashlie's comments are naive and show just how totally out of touch she has become with political reality. Ashlie lauds the decision of Darryl Plecas to accept John Horgan's invitation to become the Speaker of the House, a move described by almost everyone else as self-serving and a betrayal of the trust of the constituents who voted for him. Ashlie claims Plecas' turncoat move will help provide good governance but in making this claim, she fails to explain how he will achieve this lofty goal.


Show more