First Call Forums


First Call periodically hosts forums on emerging issues that affect children and youth. Check out summaries and photos from previous First Call forums below.


2018 BC Public Education Forum: Championing Lasting Change

Public education allies often find themselves rushing from one issue to the next in what seems like an unending series of crisis. This forum aimed to explore what collective strategies we can pursue to embed positive and systemic change that survives from one election to the next. Click here to watch videos from the forum.



SFU Panel on BC Public Schools

BC Public School Funding: Equal Opportunity or Lost Potential? – Vancouver forum, Nov 2016

First Call members participated in a dialogue on the status of public school funding. In an interactive setting CCPA researcher Alex Hemingway and panelists experienced with vulnerable student populations discuss issues related to education policy in BC.



Enviro-Toxins Forum Poster

2012 Enviro-Toxins Forum

The forum’s purpose was to raise awareness about the need to protect children and youth from enviro-toxins. Presenters included: Windermere Secondary School students, who shared why they care about this issue and what we need to do about it; Dr. Bruce Lanphear from the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University who spoke about “The Neglected Legacy of Rachel Carson”; Mae Burrows from Toxic Free Canada; Brittney Parks from the Canadian Cancer Society and Lindsay Coulter, the David Suzuki Society’s Queen of Green.




2011 Youth Forum

The forum’s purpose was to bring together youth, agencies that work with youth and other members of the community. We reviewed new reports and policies affecting youth since the last youth forum held in 2009. Participants were engaged by short presentations by youth and youth-serving organizations on innovative advocacy practices, and facilitators guided participants through an exercise to build an advocacy campaign on an issue close to their heart. An overview of research and policy trends impacting youth was also part of the day. Participants were left with some practical advocacy skills and ideas for taking action in their own communities and organizations.




2009 Youth Forum

The purpose of this forum was to bring together youth and the agencies that work with youth to take stock of youth well-being in BC and to examine new research, identify gaps in services to youth, and focus our work on advocacy initiatives and policy recommendations to address those gaps. Thanks to our co-sponsors, the Vancouver Foundation and PeerNetBC, and to the over 140 attendees, in particular the many youth who participated and shared their views.