News Topics: Child and Youth-Friendly Places

Campaigns and Issues

Migrant Families Separated in the U.S. – What About Canada?

Over the past week, we have watched news stories about children forcibly separated from their parents at the United States-Mexico border.  A few months into the U.S. President’s new ‘zero tolerance policy’ there is photo, video, and audio evidence showing children in distress, confined in cages, and housed in detention MORE


Promoting Mental Well-Being Through Social-Emotional Learning in Schools: Examples from British Columbia

This research points to the importance of school-led social and emotional learning in promoting positive mental health. The paper highlights the multi-faceted approach undertaken in British Columbia over the past decade to promote positive mental health through social-emotional learning (SEL) in schools. SEL has been implemented in school curriculum, recently in MORE

Campaigns and Issues

Bill S-228 (Child Health Protection Act): amend the Food and Drugs Act

The rate of childhood obesity in Canada has been rising steadily in recent decades and being overweight or obese impacts the mental health and well-being of children, as well as other aspects of their lives. There is unequivocal evidence that the marketing of unhealthy foods and sugar-sweetened beverages has a negative impact MORE

Campaigns and Issues

Inclusion BC report: Stop Hurting Kids II

 Inclusion BC released their report, Stop Hurting Kids II: Restraint & Seclusion in BC Schools, containing the results of their provincial survey of parents and guardians of students with special needs. The report reveals that restraint and seclusion are still being routinely used instead of positive behaviour support programs in MORE


Watch BC School Superintendent Teresa Downs on White Privilege Campaign

Superintendent of Schools for the Gold Trail School District, Teresa Downs, presented at the Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance 2018 High Ground: Communities for All event in March 2018. Her speech about the district’s experiences and responses to their White Privilege Campaign was incredibly moving and inspiring. The speech MORE


Aboriginal Head Start On-Reserve (AHSOR) program expansion

AHSOR is a holistic, community-based program designed to enhance early childhood development, school readiness and overall family health and wellness for First Nations children. The First Nations Health Authority has secured $10.5M of funding from the province of BC to invest in the expansion of AHSOR programming. Communities seeking to MORE

Campaigns and Issues

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