News Category: Campaigns and Issues


Campaigns and Issues

Op-ed: Time to make investing in B.C. families our top priority

In an op-ed published by the Vancouver Sun on Family Day, Feb. 11, 2017, four advocates call on British Columbians and the BC government to invest in children and families. “As investments in child, family and community supports have lagged, our most vulnerable families, children and individuals have suffered,” write MORE


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February is Inclusive Education Month

First Call member Inclusion BC invites families, self advocates, members and partners in inclusion to join in celebrating successes and raising understanding of how inclusive education matters in your community. An inclusive world starts with inclusive schools. Children who learn together in welcoming, inclusive schools also learn to live well MORE


Campaigns and Issues

New RCY report on Alex Gervais – A heartbreaking read – And FCSSBC response

Feb. 6, 2017, Bernard Richard, the acting representative for children and youth, released Broken Promises: Alex’s Story. The report tells the tragic story of an 18-year-old Métis youth in care who took his own life in desperation. Broken Promises: Alex’s Story illustrates how the BC child welfare system failed to MORE


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Sanctuary schools: New Westminster school board considers draft policy welcoming undocumented kids

The Education Committee of New Westminster’s school board is considering implementing a policy that welcomes all school-aged children in their district—regardless of immigration status—to attend their schools. The New Westminster policy comes after consultations with groups including Sanctuary Health Coalition and School for All. In May 2016, First Call sent MORE


Campaigns and Issues

Heart & Stroke: Stop marketing junk food to kids

Our children and youth are bombarded with marketing messages for unhealthy food and beverages. The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s 2017 Report on the Health of Canadians examines how industry markets unhealthy food and beverages directly to our children and youth, and how this affects their preferences and choices, their family MORE