News Topics: Immigrant/Refugee

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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

resources – Hold on to your home language – Resources in multiple languages

The website provides research-based information about the importance of maintaining and protecting the minority languages spoken in homes across Canada. The goal of is to help parents, teachers, childcare workers and service providers understand the personal, social, linguistic and academic reasons for maintaining and protecting home languages. There MORE

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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

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First Call 2017 Provincial Budget Submission: Time to Meet Our Responsibilities to BC’s Children and Youth

Mid October 2016, First Call made a written submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2017 provincial budget. We outline how the government is not meeting our responsibilities to our children and youth, citing high child poverty rates, inadequate supports for youth in and MORE


ISS Refugee Readiness Hub

Run by First Call member Immigrant Services Society of BC, this online resource is a hub where you can read the latest status of the refugee arrivals and find tools, resources and local settlement programs and services. The hub offers newsletters, refugee readiness training videos and resources for settlement workers and MORE