Bath water girl’s mother says she will not let go of her daughter
A bath water girl from a remote Indigenous community in northern Canada says she is not willing to let go.
Michele Leclair said she has lived with the girl, a 14-year-old girl who has been living with her mother since December, for more than two years.
She says the girl has always been a bit weird and a bit strange.
She has been in a lot of trouble with her peers, so she has been a lot on the look out for people to make fun of her.
She said she is trying to make some friends, so her mother is trying her best to make her feel more comfortable.
But she says the child has been putting on weight.
“She has been getting fat, and she is getting really skinny, and that is not going to change.
So I think it’s just time to move on,” she said.
Molecular biologist and researcher in anthropology with the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Biological Sciences, Leclair has been studying the impacts of residential development in the area since the early 1990s.
She found that while the area has been mostly untouched by development, there have been a number of significant impacts, including the decline of wetlands and the loss of fish populations, she said in a statement.
Leclair said the community of La Salle in northern Manitoba has a history of experiencing a population decline in the past couple of decades.
But this trend has been particularly noticeable in the last decade, as the population has dwindled by 40 per cent.
“There is a lot that has happened in recent years, and I think the loss has been really noticeable,” Leclair told CBC News.
The girl has been spending her days with her mom, who is the mother of two children.
She says she has never been more isolated, but has been able to connect with other people on Facebook.
She has no friends, and the girl says her parents haven’t given her much support.
“They are just so very, very poor and they just don’t understand that they are doing this,” she explained.
She also said the girl feels that she is being punished for something that she didn’t do.
“I feel like they are punishing me for something I don’t do,” she told CBC.
Leacy said she would like to see the child released from her mother’s care.
“And I don’ want her to have to be in my home,” she added.