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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


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

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


First Call Monthly Updates

September 2016 Monthly Update

BC cancels family clawbacks – First Call backs foster youth supports – Best wishes to Lin Ruitong– 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: BC ends maternity and parental and EI MORE


Letters and Submissions

First Call urges Minister of Advanced Education to waive post-secondary tuition for foster youth

July 28, 2016 The Hon. Andrew Wilkinson Minister of Advanced Education PO Box 9080 Stn Prov Govt Victoria, BC  V8W 9E2 Dear Minister Wilkinson, Youth in and from government care in this province need much more robust forms of support as they transition into adulthood. One of the ways your 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

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


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


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


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


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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


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2015 Federal Budget Submission: A Call for a Budget That Pays Attention to Canada’s Children

August 2014 First Call submitted its written brief A Call for a Budget That Pays Attention to Canada’s Children as part of the federal pre-budget 2015’s consultation process. The brief’s recommendations touched on four key areas for action: Improving supports for young families and their children Reducing income inequality and health MORE