News Topics: Aboriginal

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


Special edition Keeping in Touch: Spotlight on Aboriginal Head Start in northern and urban communities

The latest Keeping in Touch newsletter focuses the Aboriginal Head Start in Northern and Urban Communities (AHSUNC) in BC. AHSUNC is an early intervention preschool program designed for urban and northern (off-reserve) Aboriginal children across Canada. There are 12 AHSUNC programs located throughout BC plus a nationally unique support project MORE


Call for proposals: First UBC Biennial Early Childhood Graduate Student Conference, April 2017

Proposal deadline: Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 Conference theme: Coming Together: Celebrating Diversity around Young Children Find proposal guidelines SPARK 2017 is a two-day graduate student-run conference that seeks to bring together people interested in early childhood education and care to contribute to a wider discussion around the challenges, understandings, experiences and insights MORE


Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights articles re: indigenous children

Volume 3, No. 1 (2016) of the Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights is devoted to Indigenous children’s rights. “Reconciliation: The Kids Are Here!” “Language, Culture, and Early Childhood: Indigenous Children’s Rights in a Time of Transformation” Table of Contents

Campaigns and Issues

Bernard Richard biography – BC’s new representative for children and youth

In their November 15 report to the BC legislature, a special bipartisan committee recommended that Bernard Richard be appointed BC’s new representative for children and youth. First Call welcomes this timely appointment and look forward to working with BC’s new representative for children and youth. Bernard Richard is a lawyer MORE


Board Voice Annual Conference – Vancouver, Nov. 25-26

Reconciliation: The Governance Connection Nov. 25-26, 2016 Coast Plaza Hotel 1763 Comox St, Vancouver Early bird to Nov. 4, 2016 Find more info and register The focus this year is on reconciliation, featuring Understanding the Village, a workshop developed by Aboriginal elders.

Campaigns and Issues

BC Public School Funding: Equal Opportunity or Lost Potential? – Vancouver forum, Nov. 7

Mon., Nov. 7, 2016 3-5 pm SFU Woodward’s 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver Coffee will be served and a reception follows Free but please RSVP Join members of First Call for a dialogue on BC public school funding moderated by Dr. Paul Shaker from Simon Fraser University. Alex Hemingway, a researcher MORE