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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


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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


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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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BC211 goes province-wide

BC211, operator of the Red Book Online directory of community services, has expanded its reach from Metro Vancouver to now offer service throughout BC. In addition to phone service, BC211.ca now also offers a live web chat service with call centre staff, ready to refer callers to anything from emergency MORE


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Election 2017 party responses to First Call coalition questions

On behalf of our 101 member organizations, First Call sent questions from our 2017 Provincial Election Toolkit to each of the three main parties in this election. All three parties have responded, and we encourage everyone to read their answers to our questions about putting the interests of children, youth MORE


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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