Vancouver Foundation initiative Fresh Voices, in partnership with the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, Silk Road Institute and the Canadian Human Rights Commission, will work with art groups across Canada this summer on a groundbreaking anti-hate campaign to address the rise of Islamophobia in Canada. Youth aged 15 to 30 from Muslim MORE
Youth with lived experience in government care are frustrated by dominant narratives about BC’s child welfare system, and want less stereotypes and more hope. In recognition of this desire to take an active role and change these narratives, Discourse Media is offering a media fellowship for two such individuals this MORE
Did you know that poverty during childhood can have a lifetime impact? Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos challenges youth across the country aged 12-24, by means of written or audio-visual works, media or art, to answer one complex question: How can we reduce poverty in Canada? MORE
The 2017 Nelson Committee on Homelessness report card draws focus to mental health and substance use issues, as well as the stark fact 1 in 5 Canadians have a mental health issue, with concurrent substance use a challenge for 50% of them. The report also links homelessness in Nelson to MORE
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
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
In the first review of Canada’s fulfilment of its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the United Nations review committee expressed concern that Canada has not collected data on children with disabilities since 2006. It also noted that there are now more Indigenous children in MORE
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
One billion dollars to fund new child care spaces, a $100 increase of welfare rates, and a new minister of state for mental health were among the dramatic promises presented in the Throne Speech this week on behalf of the BC Liberal party. While campaigning for the May 9, 2017 MORE
PeerNetBC is forming a Social Justice Bus Tour youth team to learn and share stories of social justice legacies in Vancouver this summer through to October. Contact Simran here by June 19 if interested.
Celebrate National Aboriginal Day this year (June 21) by nominating a colleague for the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society’s 2017 Child Care Recognition Award. Deadline for nominations is June 30, 2017.
Just in time for Father’s Day: A new StatsCan survey of two-parent families shows that while the number of fathers doing chores and their time spent doing them has increased since 1986, mothers still contribute the most time to unpaid housework and child care. Source: CSRL E-news
Due to lack of data, Canada is not ranked on three key indicators in the index of countries in Stolen Childhoods, End of Childhood, a new report from Save the Children: Malnourishment and the percentage of stunting among children under 5, the percentage of school-age children out of school, and MORE
Drawing from a growing range of data sources and 51 separate indicators, through key findings and recommendations “Is “Good” Good Enough?“ provides crucial information on the influence of early childhood experiences on a person’s health throughout life, and looks beyond physical health to consider how the social determinants of health MORE
Results from last year’s youth homeless count in Kamloops have now been released by A Way Home. Among the findings are revealing figures concerning youth who age out of foster care. Of the youth surveyed, 57% of those currently homeless are former youth in government care, and 40% of those MORE