News Topics: Child Health


Canada lags behind rich nations in meeting SDGs for children

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in 2016, set ambitious targets that apply to rich countries as well as poor. The most telling sign of a nation’s progress towards meeting those goals will be how well it meets the needs of its children. The June 2017 UNICEF report card, Building the Future: MORE

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NDP Appoint Gender-Balanced Cabinet, Achieve Parity in BC Legislature

On Tuesday, the new NDP government appointed a gender-balanced cabinet consisting of 11 women and 11 men. This bodes well for key policy recommendations made by First Call, efforts to reduce economic inequality, and of course for children and youth: “…increased gender parity in education lowers infant and child mortality rates, lowers maternal MORE

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NDP government sworn in and new cabinet ministers announced

First Call congratulates all new ministers on their appointments, and we look forward to educating key ministers about the work of First Call and addressing issues and recommendations related to our 4 Keys to Success. The First Call BC Election Toolkit addressed key policy areas, noted below, which we look MORE


Study looks at BC’s Aboriginal Infant Development Program

A new study from UBC, Relational pathways in early intervention: Research summary report for the Aboriginal Infant Development Program of British Columbia, by Alison Gerlach, aims to answer questions about how Aboriginal Infant Development Programs (AIDPs) influence the health and well-being of Indigenous families, infants and young children and how MORE


Success by 6 profiled for Aboriginal ECD work

In a profile of the provincial Success by 6 initiative, the Canadian Council on Social Determinants of Health recognized the impact their work has in communities throughout BC, on social determinants that include healthy child development, education and literacy, social and physical environments and culture, as well as the initiative’s MORE

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Federal human rights tribunal order on Jordan’s Principle

In May the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal issued its fourth order, calling on the federal government to fully implement Jordan’s Principle, to end discrimination against indigenous children in public services. This is a follow-up to the January 2016 Tribunal ruling that found the Canadian government is racially discriminating against 163,000 First MORE