News Topics: Income Assistance/Welfare

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Xyolhemeylh DAA staff march to improve services to children and families – Come show your support – Surrey, Apr. 22

Saturday, Apr. 22 12:30 – 2 pm Meet at the yellow BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) tent at the corner of 31st Avenue and Croydon Drive in Surrey (plenty of street parking can be found on Croydon Drive). Then join the march to Minister of Children and Families MORE


UBC Summer Institute: Supporting Aboriginal Families of Young Children with Disabilities, July 8-15 – Register by May 26

Respect, Healing, Dignity and Care July 8-15 Register by May 26 Find more info Register now This summer institute will bring together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal professionals to discuss their work in relation to Aboriginal families, and how the TRC recommendations will enrich work practices and policies. There will be a MORE

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News from the Representative’s Office: Report on underfunding of DAAs

BC’s representative for children and youth, Bernard Richard, recently released a new report: Delegated Aboriginal Agencies: How resourcing affects service delivery. This report finds that underfunding of Delegated Aboriginal Agencies means that some Indigenous children are being removed from their homes and placed in care simply because the funds are MORE


First Call coalition submissions to the RCY Act review

Several First Call coalition members, including the BC Association of Social Workers, BC Government and Service Employees’ Union and West Coast LEAF, each made a submission to the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth’s recent review of the Representative for Children and Youth Act. First Call made seven recommendations MORE


New Caledon report: Welfare in Canada 2015

This new report from the Caledon Institute focuses on the incomes of four different households living on welfare. It is a continuation of the welfare incomes series published regularly by the former National Council of Welfare. Poverty measures are considered to be the baseline level below which households are deemed MORE

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2016 BC Child Poverty Report Card release: Where’s the accountability for children growing up in poverty in BC?

Data in the 2016 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released November 24, 2016, by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, highlights how growing income inequality among BC families has one in five of our children living in poverty, and how our failure to properly support youth as they MORE


Proposed changes to Canadian maternity and parental leave – Resources online

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit has created an Issue File to inform discussion about maternity and parental leave. The Canadian government has released a discussion paper and online consultation for considering two new options for eligible Canadians on leave from work to care for a newborn or a newly 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