First Call Fundraising Gala with keynote speaker Grand Chief Ed John

[This event is now over. Please enjoy the videos linked to below, and we’ll see you again in 2019!]

You are invited to join First Call on the evening of February 1, 2018, and enjoy words from our featured guest, Grand Chief Ed John of Tl’azt’en Nation, First Nations Summit Political Executive and former North American Representative to, and Chair of, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Also at this year’s gala, Raffi, who turns 70 this year, will receive the Champion of Child and Youth Rights Award at our annual gala on February 1—in special recognition of his contributions to awareness of children’s rights around the world.

Our annual fundraising galas are an occasion to celebrate our child and youth advocacy as well as to raise much-needed funds to ensure we can continue to put BC’s children and youth first.

We hope you will join us for an evening of good food, good company and the wisdom Grand Chief Ed John will share from his years of leadership and his deep understanding of the impacts of colonization and the child welfare system child on Indigenous children, families and communities.

This event would not be possible without generous support from each and every one of our warmly appreciated sponsors: Vancity, United Way of the Lower Mainland, Hospital Employees’ Union, UFCW Local 1518, Coast Capital Savings, and Roundhouse Radio. Please take a moment to join us in recognizing this year’s sponsors here.



Our 2018 Champion of Child and Youth Rights Award recipient, Raffi, dedicated his music career to respect for the child as a whole person, and his busy career since as ecology advocate, entrepreneur, author and founder of the Child Honouring movement, has been driven by a vision of a world that would respect its young.

Child Honouring is both a way of life and a holistic organizing principle for healing communities and restoring ecosystems–for redesigning the whole of society for the greatest good, with the child in mind. Child Honouring is the children-first way of sustainability.

Join Raffi, keynote speaker Grand Chief Ed John, and hundreds of other child and youth advocates at First Call’s February 1 fundraising gala in Vancouver.

What to Expect: Our annual First Call gala features a delicious Indian buffet dinner, a silent auction full of amazing gifts, tickets to arts events, getaways and more, a raffle with exciting prizes, time to mingle with old and new friends and the chance to hear and learn from one of BC’s most devoted and respected child advocates.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 1, 2018, 5:30 to 9 pm (doors open and buffet dinner and silent auction begin at 5:30 pm; silent auction and buffet close and program begins at 7:15 pm).

Location: Fraserview Hall, 8240 Fraser Street (at Marine Drive), Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories.

Tickets: $75 for individuals ($50 for those on fixed income) or a table of 8 for $575.

Menu: A delicious (mild) Indian buffet with pop and chai is included with your ticket. There will also be a cash/credit card bar with wine and beer. Gluten-free and vegan/dairy-free dinner buffet options are available, however we cannot guarantee there will be no cross-contamination.

Accessibility: The Fraserview banquet hall is fully wheelchair accessible. Please let us know when purchasing your ticket if you will require an accessible seat by answering the questionnaire at checkout. If you have any questions or require further specifications on accessibility, please contact First Call at 604-709-6970.

Parking: There is free parking in the lot beside Fraserview Hall as well as street parking.

Transit: Fraserview Hall is a quick bus ride from the Marine Drive SkyTrain station (at Cambie) on the Canada Line.

Dress code: All styles welcome.

Tax receipts: We can issue tax receipts for donations made at the event (please address cheques to Vancity Community Foundation — First Call). Unfortunately, due to the administrative cost we cannot issue tax receipts for a portion of event tickets.

Sponsorship: If you or your organization is interested in joining with our visionary sponsors to support this event, please contact John at 604-709-6970 or to see our sponsorship benefits package.

Social Media: Tweet us your gala photos and thoughts to @FirstCallBC!

For more information or to volunteer at the event please call 604-709-6970 or email


Grand Chief Ed John has served eleven consecutive terms as a political executive with the First Nations Summit Task Group, the body mandated to carry out Aboriginal Title and Rights negotiations with the governments of British Columbia and Canada. In 2015 he was appointed Special Advisor to the BC government on the care of Indigenous children, leading to his 2016 report, “Indigenous Resilience, Connectedness and Reunification – from Root Causes to Root Solutions: A Report on Indigenous Child Welfare in British Columbia”, in which Grand Chief John makes 85 recommendations that were adopted by the provincial government.

A lawyer by trade, among his many other achievements Grand Chief John counts a BA from University of Victoria, an LLB from University of British Columbia, and Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from University of Northern British Columbia and University of Victoria.

Grand Chief John previously served two terms as a North American Representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and, in his time as a former co-chair of the North American Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus, participated in the development of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2007.

Join us on February 1 and buy tickets to First Call’s 2018 Fundraising Gala with keynote speaker Grand Chief Ed John today.



Presenting Sponsor: Vancity




Living Wage Sponsor: United Way of the Lower Mainland





Child and Youth Advocate: Hospital Employees’ Union







Child and Youth Advocate: UFCW Local 1518





Child and Youth Advocate: Coast Capital Savings




Media Sponsor: Roundhouse Radio