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First Call Announcement

For the past six years First Call has been housed at Vancity Community Foundation (VCF). VCF has been an invaluable partner, providing support in many areas ranging from office space and technology, to managing grant and donor funds as our charitable host. Over the next year, First Call will be MORE


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First Call and Basics for Health Urge Government Action on Children’s Health

Today, First Call and Basics for Health Society sent a letter to the BC government urging a coordinated response to children’s health during this COVID-19 pandemic. Advocates, physicians, researchers and health care professionals have come together to voice their alarm about the harmful impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, MORE


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2020 Budget Delivers on Previous Promises but Thin on New Initiatives for Children, Youth and Their Families

This week’s BC budget followed through on promises made in past budgets – including the BC Child Opportunity Benefit – but comes up short on new initiatives and investments that would assist children, youth and their families. “We need to invest more in upstream, preventative family supports,” commented Adrienne Montani, MORE


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Media Release: BC’s Poverty Action Strategy

Media Release For immediate release March 18, 2019 BC Poverty Reduction Strategy Offers Initiatives That Will Help Lift Families Out of Poverty (Vancouver) Today, government released BC’s first ever poverty reduction strategy TogetherBC setting out a number of strategies and initiatives aimed at meeting legislated poverty reduction targets including a MORE


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First Call’s Statement on the 2019 BC Budget Announcement

  The big news for families with children is that starting in October 2020 a new B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit will replace the Early Childhood Tax benefit. In our annual Child Poverty Report Card we have been calling for improvements to this benefit for years. BC is the only province MORE


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One week left to grab your tickets for the First Call Gala on February 1!

First Call is honoured to have Grand Chief Ed John, Tl’azt’en Nation, join us as a keynote speaker at the event. Join us on February 1, 2018 for an unforgettable night dedicated to children’s rights in BC. Raffi will receive the First Call Champion of Child and Youth Rights Award MORE


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Raffi to receive Champion of Child and Youth Rights Award at First Call gala!

First Call is proud to announce that Raffi will receive the First Call Champion of Child and Youth Rights Award at our Gala on February 1—in special recognition of his contributions to awareness of children’s rights through the Child Honouring movement. We are also honoured to have Grand Chief Ed John, Tl’azt’en MORE


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Raffi to receive Champion of Child and Youth Rights Award at First Call gala!

First Call is proud to announce that Raffi will receive the First Call Champion of Child and Youth Rights Award at our Gala on February 1—in special recognition of his contributions to awareness of children’s rights through the Child Honouring movement. We are also honoured to have Grand Chief Ed MORE


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Minister Shane Simpson’s Response to 2017 Child Poverty Report Card

Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Shane Simpson has written to First Call in response to the 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card. The letter notes creation of a poverty reduction strategy is part of his ministry’s mandate, and that this will address key First Call issues that include housing, MORE


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First Call Annual Fundraising Gala with Grand Chief Ed John coming up February 1!

First Call’s annual fundraising gala is on the horizon! The gala is an opportunity to celebrate our child and youth advocacy, thank all those who generously support the work of First Call, and raise much-needed funds to ensure we can continue advocacy to put BC’s children and youth first. We MORE


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First Call’s 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card

Data in the First Call 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released November 21, highlights how growing income inequality among BC families has one in five, or 18.3%, of our children living in poverty. Other key findings from the 2015 data include: This represents 153,300 children under age 18, a decrease MORE