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Indigenous youth lead the way towards reconciliation

Three young Indigenous leaders, Maatalii Okalik, Gabrielle Fayant, and André Bear, have been appointed to gather input from Inuit, Métis and First Nations youth across Canada about programs that can empower and support them  in order to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 66, which calls for multi-year funding for community-based youth organizations to deliver programs MORE


Calls for action on Indigenous rights on anniversary of UNDRIP adoption by the UN

Thursday, September 14th marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). According to the Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UNDRIP provides a crucial framework to achieve reconciliation. Such a human rights-­‐based approach is essential to address the MORE


First Call members and advocates address early years for refugee, immigrant children

The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA) publication Cultures West, Vol. 35, No. 1: Spring/Summer issue Immigrant and Refugee Children: The Early Years, features analysis by several First Call partners and advocates. In A Warm Welcome for Newcomer Families Sherry Sinclair addresses the role of Family Resource Programs (FRPs) support MORE

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Tuition waiver for former youth in care expanded

The provincial government has expanded an existing tuition waiver for former youth in care. The advancement expands existing tuition waivers from 11 schools to all 25 of BC’s post secondary institutions, a request made in this First Call letter last year. Bernard Richard, BC Representative for Children and Youth (RCY), welcomed the necessary expansion MORE

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Legal coalition outlines justice reform priorities for BC

A coalition of legal groups including the Community Legal Assistance Society, PIVOT, the BC Civil Liberties Association and Westcoast LEAF have issued a report outlining justice reform priorities for BC’s “badly broken” system. Outlined priorities for the Attorney General and Solicitor General of BC addressing family law include: Increase funding MORE