Publication Topics: Education (K-12)


2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card

Media release: November 21, 2017 Looking for Action to Change BC’s Child Poverty Story Data in the 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released today by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, highlights the income inequality that leaves far too many British Columbia families struggling to cover basic 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


Election Toolkits

2017 Provincial Election Toolkit

First Call’s toolkit* for the provincial election on May 9, 2017, is a resource to support our coalition member organizations and all individuals and community groups in their advocacy for legislation, policy and real change that benefits BC children and youth and their families. The First Call 2017 Provincial Election 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


Reports

2016 First Call Annual Report

December 2016 First Call is proud of what our coalition has accomplished in 2016. From holding government to account for BC’s child poverty crisis to stopping yet another clawback to amplifying the voices of foster youth, together we’ve done some amazing work to put BC’s children and youth first. Here are highlights of key successes, MORE


First Call Monthly Updates

October 2016 Monthly Update

2017 fundraising gala details – MSP coverage for all infants – First Call budget submission – and more! Welcome to our monthly update about First Call’s advocacy work and key developments in child and youth policy in BC. Highlights this month include: Guest of Honour: Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond MSP coverage 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 New Westminster School District to Establish Sanctuary Schools

May 2016 First Call wrote a letter urging the New Westminster school district to put the best interests of children first by adopting a sanctuary schools policy. First Call has heard from many of our member organizations about families who fear enrolling their children in school for fear of being asked to disclose their MORE


Letters and Submissions

First Call Letter Urges Burnaby School District to Establish Sanctuary Schools

April 2016 In this letter, First Call urges Burnaby school trustees to put the best interests of children first through adopting a sanctuary schools policy for Burnaby schools, as well as calling upon the Ministry of Education and other districts to do the same. Excerpt: We have heard from many of MORE


Letters and Submissions

2016 Provincial Budget Submission: Will BC’s 2016 Budget Put Children and Youth First?

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


Letters and Submissions

First Call Urges BC Mayors and Councils to Support BC Children and Youth at UBCM Convention

September 2014 With several significant resolutions regarding the rights and well-being of children and youth coming forward at the 2014 Union of BC Municipalities convention, this open letter to BC’s mayors and councils urged resource support for sexually exploited children and youth, trades and technology skills training and a $10/day MORE


Letters and Submissions

Supporting Gender Diversity and Expression in BC Schools

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


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2015 Provincial Budget Submission: Make BC’s Children and Youth the Priority for “Balanced Budget 2015”

September 2014 First Call submitted this written brief to the BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. (Each fall, the Select Standing Committee holds province-wide public consultations on the next provincial budget, then drafts recommendations based on the input given.) The brief was framed in child-rights language, with MORE