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Letter of Petition Calling For Restoration of Quality Arts Education

The Parent Advocacy Network (PAN) sent the Minister and Deputy Minister of Education a researched letter of petition signed by 73 parent and community advocacy groups, university arts educators and arts professionals calling attention to the dramatic decline in access to K-12 arts education across BC. Education in the arts MORE

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BCGEU launches Affordable BC Plan to address housing affordability crisis

With the help of experts in the field, First Call coalition member the BC Government & Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) has come up with a plan that tackles the affordability crisis by curbing speculation and making investments into housing and infrastructure. The plan includes reforming property taxes to target speculators, MORE


The Resilience Guide: Strategies For Responding to Trauma in Refugee Children

CMAS (Supporting Child Care in the Settlement Community) has recently released a Resilience Guide to help individuals and teams understand: • the impact of the refugee experience at different ages, • the developmental effects of trauma and resettlement, • key strategies to strengthen families’ capacity for resilience, and • practical MORE

Child and youth news of the week

CBC News: Human rights complaint filed against Neufeld and the school board Global News: Chilliwack trustee Barry Neufeld faces call from parents’ group to resign Province: Chilliwack teachers say education board has created ‘toxic’ environment Global News: Union files human rights complaint against trustee Barry Neufeld and Chilliwack school board Abbotsford News: Chilliwack board of MORE

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City of Vancouver adopts updated gender strategy that includes child care

Vancouver’s City Council has recently approved Vancouver: A City For All Women, Women’s Equity Strategy 2018-2028 this month. The strategy aims to make Vancouver a place where “all women have full access to the resources provided in the city and have opportunities to fully participate in the political, economic, cultural and social MORE

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Chilliwack Board of Education asks trustee Barry Neufeld to resign

Following the Chilliwack District Parent Advisory Council’s call last month for Chilliwack trustee Barry Neufeld’s resignation in response to his public attacks on provincial LGBTQ curriculum, early last week the Chilliwack Teachers’ Association passed a motion of non-confidence against the Chilliwack Board of Education, citing inaction following controversial comments Neufeld 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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BCCPAC backs Chilliwack parent advisory council chair Justine Hodge

BCCPAC has issued a letter of support to Chilliwack District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) Chair Justine Hodge offering support and expressing that it is “deeply disturbing that a letter writing campaign has been initiated” against her personally in response to a letter the DPAC sent to the Chilliwack Board of MORE


Resources and facts on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in schools

In November 2017, the government released a robust factsheet on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). According to the government, SOGI is an inclusive term that represents all individuals regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. It includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, heterosexual and cisgender. SOGI Quick Facts: MORE


Risky play, children and young people in urban environments

Research by Ball, D.J. & Hansen Sandseter, E.B. Children and Young People in Urban Environments points to the necessity of risky play for children and youth. According to the research abstract, “the majority of children now live in urban environments and play provision for them has followed certain paths which are heavily MORE


BC consultation on preventing sexual violence on post-secondary campuses

The province is holding a consultation on how to prevent sexual violence on post-secondary campuses. Feedback will help determine whether government can do more to ensure, informed, safe and healthy post-secondary campuses. Post-secondary students are asked to review their institution’s sexual violence and misconduct policy and then complete an online 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


Minerva’s unique Indigenous Roots outdoor program for girls 12-19 open for 2018

The Minerva Foundation’s Combining Our Strength™ Indigenous Roots, a unique outdoor leadership program for 25 girls aged 13 to 19, is now open for 2018 nominations. Over the course of a year, participants increased their confidence through culturally-relevant leadership development and experiential outdoor learning. Also includes 5 day retreat and MORE