March 16, 2017 Honourable Terry Lake Minister of Health PO Box 9050 Stn Prov Govt Victoria, BC V8W 9E2 Dear Minister Lake, I am writing on behalf of First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition’s Early Childhood Roundtable to inquire about the change made to the Child Care Licensing MORE
We’re hiring – federal policy lowers living wage – federal progress update – restore aboriginal youth funding – sanctuary schools – and more! April 2016 Welcome to our monthly update about First Call’s advocacy work and key actions you can take to support children and youth in BC. Highlights this MORE
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
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
September 2015 First Call made a presentation and written submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2016 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.) MORE
In 2014 First Call and partners continued our ongoing advocacy since 2007 for an end to the clawback of child support from single parents on income and disability assistance through letters, meetings, actions, and a coalition meeting with the Minister of Social Development. This lead to a public policy victory MORE
September 2014 This letter to BC school board trustees noted that, as of September 2014, First Call has partnered with the BC Safer Schools Coalition to support school board policies that: Explicitly protect students, staff and families from harassment based on all forms of oppression, including homophobia and transphobia Encourage MORE
First Call had a very busy year in 2013, including advocacy campaigns around child poverty, child labour, living wages, and early childhood development. We also published an election toolkit for the provincial election and gave many public presentations and media interviews. We had a very successful fundraising dinner with First Nations activist Cindy MORE
First Call’s Four Keys to Success for Children and Youth continue to provide a strong framework for our public education, community mobilization and public policy advocacy. Download the annual report to read more First Call highlights of 2012.
This report provides a brief summary of First Call’s activities and accomplishments to our coalition partner organizations and the public. The coalition welcomed four new partner organizations in 2010, bringing our total list of partners to 95! Download the annual report to read more First Call highlights from 2010.
The year 2009 saw new challenges for First Call. We settled in to our office with our new host organization and coalition partner Family Services of Greater Vancouver. Our multi-year Leveling the Playing Field for Families project ended, and the Living Wage for Families Campaign ramped up with the hiring of our MORE
June 2009 Co-sponsored by First Call, Vancouver Foundation and PeerNetBC, this forum brought together First Call partners, youth and youth-serving agencies to examine new research, identify gaps in services to youth and focus our work on advocacy initiatives and policy recommendations to address those gaps. More than 140 people attended, MORE
The First Call coalition added six new members in 2008, bringing the total to 86. Download the annual report to read more First Call highlights from 2008.
July 2008 Recommendations for Preparation of Canada’s 3rd and 4th Reports on Children’s Rights Submitted by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition is pleased to provide the following suggestions for Canada’s 3rd and 4th Reports on our progress in implementing MORE
Levelling the Playing Field Project: First Call received funding to support four communities in raising awareness of income inequality and child poverty issues affecting children and families. These communities will assess local policies, practices and circumstances to identify priorities for their action plans. Download the annual report to read more First Call highlights MORE