Last year, child-protection workers in British Columbia removed more than 2,500 children from their homes, the vast majority of them for reasons of neglect. It’s an amorphous category, which is meant to justify the apprehension of a child if he or she has been, or is likely to be, physically harmed because of neglect by their parent.

But in this rich province, with one of the highest child-poverty rates in the country, neglect can simply be a reflection of financial status. Families – especially Indigenous families – are being ripped apart because they are poor.