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Was Robert Riley Saunders your social worker?

We’re scheduling interviews with youth & families impacted by Robert Riley Saunders’ alleged actions.
Photo: In response to a call out asking how IndigiNews can report on this trial in a good way, we heard from a youth who says she was once in Saunders’ care. Photo by Lauren Kaljur

We asked how you’d like IndigiNews to cover Robert Riley Saunders’ trial, and we heard your calls for survivor-centred coverage. If you were personally impacted by Saunders’ alleged actions while he was employed as a social worker by the Ministry of Children and Family Development in Kelowna, between 1996 and 2018, we’d like to ask you:

  • What would justice look like for you?

  • What changes would you like to see in the child welfare system? 

  • How do you plan to care for yourself as this trial unfolds?

  • What message would you like to share with other youth or families impacted by Saunders’ alleged actions?

If you’re interested in being interviewed, please be in touch: chehala@indiginews.com.

Please note: We value your safety and your right to freedom of speech, and we are happy to discuss ways of protecting your identity if that’s something that is important to you.

For background on this case of alleged theft, fraud and breach of trust, see our previous coverage here.  If you would like to read what guides our journalists follow as they cover a story you can read about that here.