Katelynn Sampson's Mother Applauds Act to Enshrine Katelynn's Principle
Bernice Sampson, mother of Katelynn Sampson, welcomes news of the introduction of Monique Taylor’s Private Member's Bill to make Katelynn’s Principle law. Through her counsel, Ms. Sampson said “making Katelynn’s Principle law will help keep Katelynn’s memory alive and will help other children”. Ms. Sampson hopes that the Bill passes quickly and that the rest of the jury’s recommendations are implemented as soon as possible. She is grateful to Ms. Taylor and for the young people who came to the Legislature today to speak out and support making Katelynn’s Principle law.
On October 24, 2016, Ms. Sampson organized and gathered with concerned citizens, friends and family at Parkdale Public School on what would have been Katelynn’s 16th birthday to celebrate her short life, remember and honour Katelynn and to call for change to protect children and youth in Ontario by implementing Katelynn’s Principle and the jury’s recommendations.
Katelynn’s Principle was at the heart of the recommendations of the inquest into the death of Katelynn Sampson which concluded on April 29, 2016. The jury made 173 recommendations. On June 21, 2016, Ms. Sampson, through her counsel, wrote to the Premier of Ontario urging her to adopt and implement Katelynn's Principle and the jury’s recommendations.
Ms. Sampson’s lawyer, Suzan Fraser of Fraser Advocacy, stated that the Bill is “an important step forward to ensuring that children’s right to be heard in matters affecting them is recognized. The jury made it clear that it is time for children to be heard in accordance with the rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.”