Publication Topics: Aboriginal


Letters and Submissions

Supporting youth ‘aging out’ of care in British Columbia: Recommendations for change and extended support

On October 24, 2017, a group of more than 60 youth from foster care rallied outside the BC Legislature to call for changes to the provincial foster care system. Earlier that day, several of these youth leaders presented a policy brief that features their key recommendations and expected next steps, MORE


Letters and Submissions

First Call 2018 Provincial Budget Submission: Respecting Child & Youth Rights with Timely Investments

  First Call has submitted a written brief, Respecting Child & Youth Rights with Timely Investments, to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services as part of their public consultation to prepare British Columbia’s 2018 budget. Each fall, the Committee drafts recommendations for the provincial budget based on the MORE


As Word Spreads Episode 5: All my kids in care

For this episode, our three Indigenous youth hosts talk about the issues that matter to them on this National Aboriginal Day. Also available on: YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cekiH_5Q52A Twitter https://twitter.com/aswordspreads/status/877238941967044608 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aswordspreads/videos/1357115981050389/ Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/aswordspreads/episode-5-all-my-kids-in-care iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/as-word-spreads-podcast/id1149192817 Terms, people and projects mentioned in this episode Fostering Change initiative: A campaign run by the MORE


News-Releases-and-Op-eds

Time to make investing in B.C. families our top priority

Published February 11, 2017, in the Vancouver Sun by Adrienne Montani, Faith Bodnar, Sherry Sinclair and Sharon Gregson As families across British Columbians celebrate the 5th annual B.C. Family Day, it’s a welcome opportunity to spend extra time together, have some fun and celebrate all the wonderful reasons our families are important MORE


Letters and Submissions

First Call Submission to the Review of the Representative for Children and Youth Act

February 2017 First Call submitted this brief to the review of the Representative for Children and Youth Act by British Columbia’s Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth. In preparing this brief, the coalition discussed the Act at our January meeting to gather the views of our coalition partners. We  also reviewed MORE


Letters and Submissions

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

October 2016 First Call made a written submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2017 provincial budget. (Each fall, the Select Standing Committee holds province-wide public consultations on the next provincial budget, then drafts recommendations for the budget based on the input given.) We MORE


Letters and Submissions

First Call Urges MPs Joly and Bennett to Restore Aboriginal Youth Program Funding

April 2016 In this letter, First Call urges Minister of Canadian Heritage Melanie Joly and Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett to meet with the Council of Mothers to discuss reinstating federal funding for the Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth (CCAY) program and to increase funding for saving and MORE


Letters and Submissions

MPs and Ministers Congratulated on Federal Election and Invited to Learn about First Call

April 2016 This letter from the First Call Coalition congratulated all Members of Parliament and relevant Ministers (re)elected in the 2015 federal election and invited them to learn more about First Call’s vision and work. It also commends them on the actions they have already taken in their first few months of MORE


Reports

Federal Policies That Put Children and Youth First – Progress Update

In the lead-up to the federal election, First Call developed an election toolkit outlining what is at stake for BC’s children and youth at the federal level under each of the 4 Keys to Success for Children and Youth. In this new report we’ve tracked the progress made on our policy recommendations based on announcements MORE


News-Releases-and-Op-eds

Federal budget 2016 takes aim at child poverty, misses early childhood urgency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 31, 2016 First Call Coalition members were looking for a 2016 federal budget that put Canada’s children and youth first and that ensured that BC’s children and youth have the resources they need to thrive. We were heartened by a number of new commitments for MORE