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First Call Submission to BC Budget Consultation

Submission to Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services First Call’s September 2021 budget submission, highlighted five priority areas for children, youth, and their families, with recommendations for next year’s budget: Poverty reduction measures and income security for families Investments in early childhood development and prevention services Support youth 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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PROOF Report on Household Food Insecurity

PROOF conducted research on household food insecurity in Canada between 2017-2018. Drawing on data for 103,500 households from Statistics Canada’s Canadian Community Health Survey conducted in 2017 and 2018, they found that 12.7% of households experienced some level of food insecurity in the previous 12 months. 17.3% of children under 18 MORE


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City of Vancouver Passes Motion in Support of Healthy School Food

On March 10, 2020, First Call submitted comments to the City of Vancouver supporting passage of the motion, “Taking Steps Toward a National Cost-Shared Universal Healthy School Food Program.” Click here to read our comments. We are pleased to hear that the City of Vancouver passed the motion on March 11th. One part of MORE


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Spirit Bear’s Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action

The First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada (the Caring Society) recently launched the Spirit Bear’s Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action. It is a youth-friendly guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) 94 Calls to Action. A reminder that Have a MORE


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Call for Abstracts: Health & Wellbeing in Children, Youth and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Conference

The 7th Biennial Conference on Developmental Disabilities: Health and Wellbeing across the Lifespan is taking place on November 25-27, 2020 in Richmond, BC. Children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities are vulnerable to high rates of general health and mental health concerns. This interactive 2020 conference will focus on practical strategies to MORE


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Disentangling the role of income in the academic achievement of migrant children

Children who migrate are more likely to live in poverty – across Canada and in the world’s richest nations. A recent study used a population-based cohort of BC children to examine whether income differently predicted the kindergarten to Grade 7 (K-7) literacy and numeracy trajectories of migrant children (economic, family, and refugee MORE