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Alleged Manitoba white supremacists lose custody of children

By Andrew Moran     Feb 12, 2010 in Crime
Winnipeg - A Manitoba judge has ordered the province's Child and Family Services to take the children away from the parents who are allegedly white supremacists and have permanent guardianship.
In a case that drew attention from the international media and created debate among parents across the country since March of 2008, Manitoba judge Marianne Rivoalen issued a 34-page report denying custody to a Winnipeg stepfather and mother of a 9-year-girl and a 4-year-old boy because of neglect and not so much about their parents’ alleged white supremacy beliefs, according to the Globe and Mail.
Justice Rivoalen granted Manitoba Child and Family Services full, permanent guardianship of the children on Thursday. However, the mother of the children said she will appeal the court’s decision and her husband argued the court’s decision violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ freedom of expression, which was later rejected by the court.
In 2008, the girl attended her classes engulfed with swastikas and racist slogans over her body, while explaining how the world should secure the existence for white people and quoting former German Chancellor Adolf Hitler.
In an interview with a Child and Family Services worker, the girl stated, reports the Montreal Gazette, “Black people don't belong. What people don't understand is that black people should die,” which prompted the province to claim the children were being neglected and emotionally abused through their parents’ controversial beliefs. The Manitoba court also saw and heard evidence that the children witnessed drug use, violence and their stepfather shooting squirrels and birds to feed the family dog.
The mild-manner stepfather explained in court that he is a member of the “white pride” movement and he told his daughter the swastika meant “love and peace.” He further added that he doesn’t believe in “interracial breeding” and people from different races should be “separated.”
According to the United Press International, Rivoalen stated in the 34-page decision, “Now add to this milieu neo-Nazi flags hanging in the windows and neo-Nazi regalia on display elsewhere inside the home. What is clear from all of the evidence is that these two children have been exposed to a whole constellation of parental inadequacies."
The names of the family members were not released.
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