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Letters and Submissions

First Call letter to Minister of Health Adrian Dix regarding 2016 reduction in outdoor play space requirements

With unanswered questions about why the minimum outdoor play space per child as determined in the Child Care Licensing Regulation was reduced from 7 square metres for licensed child care programs to 6 square metres, First Call sent Minister Dix a letter asking for more details about this change from his ministry, MORE


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Letter to Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy and MLA Andrew Weaver urging action on Child Care commitments in 2018 BC Budget

To address the ‘difference in opinion’ between government and the BC Green Caucus that has delayed child care commitments in the provincial budget, First Call’s ECD Roundtable sent a letter to Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy and BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver: Early childhood advocates and MORE


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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


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Letter to Finance Minister Carol James and MLA Andrew Weaver on Child Care omission in 2017 BC Budget

As firm commitment to a universal child care plan was omitted in the September 2017 budget update, First Call wrote this letter to urge the new provincial government to strive to overcome any internal differences of opinion that may be delaying implementation of a universal child care plan. First Call 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


News-Releases-and-Op-eds

A Coalition of Advocacy

John Kennedy The past few years have brought much greater public awareness of what youth in foster care face at 19 as they age out of the system, and what adequate funding and community support can do to prevent sudden homelessness—or worse—at that critical life transition. A growing body of MORE


Letters and Submissions

First Call submission to the Canada Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultation

June 2017 Federal Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultation, June 2017  Submission to Minister of Families, Children and Social Development By First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition  FIRST CALL  First Call is a non-partisan, cross-sectoral coalition of 101 provincial and regional organizations who share a commitment to putting children and 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