News Topics: Immigrant/Refugee


Child and youth news of the week

The Tyee: Employers clash on timeline for $15 minimum wage CBC News: Shelter for women leaving abuse in Kitimat runs out of space Times Colonist: Seeking an end to violence against women and girls Global News: BC judge who erred in law put ministry under fire CBC Radio Unreserved: Elementary school students rewriting the TRC’s 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

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2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card release: Looking for action to change BC’s child poverty story

Data in the 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card, released today by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, highlights the income inequality that leaves far too many British Columbia families struggling to cover basic living expenses. One in five of our children still lives in poverty. Using the MORE


First Call members and advocates address early years for refugee, immigrant children

The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA) publication Cultures West, Vol. 35, No. 1: Spring/Summer issue Immigrant and Refugee Children: The Early Years, features analysis by several First Call partners and advocates. In A Warm Welcome for Newcomer Families Sherry Sinclair addresses the role of Family Resource Programs (FRPs) support MORE

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Government reaches out to coalitions on BC poverty reduction plan

The Honourable Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, has reached out to both the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and First Call for preliminary consultations on a poverty reduction plan for BC. The PRC met with the Minister and staff on August 10, and First Call conducted a MORE


Film project competition for youth to combat Islamophobia

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation, partnered with the Silk Road Institute, Fresh Voices – Vancouver foundation, and National Council of Canadian Muslims, is offering an opportunity for Muslim youth to share their knowledge and recommendations to raise public awareness about local and national strategies for combating Islamophobia in Canada. Muslim youth are invited to submit a proposal for a film MORE


Youth art to combat Islamophobia and hate

Vancouver Foundation initiative Fresh Voices, in partnership with the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, Silk Road Institute and the Canadian Human Rights Commission, will work with art groups across Canada this summer on a groundbreaking anti-hate campaign to address the rise of Islamophobia in Canada. Youth aged 15 to 30 from Muslim MORE


Syrian refugee settlement patterns in Metro Vancouver – A tale of two patterns from ISSofBC report

Where did the Syrian government-assisted refugees (GARs) who arrived in Metro Vancouver set up home? The answer may surprising you. Following ISSofBC’s earlier report, Syrian Refugee Operation to BC, this new report maps the current settlement patterns of Syrian government-assisted refugees who settled in Metro Vancouver. It is a useful MORE


New CPJ report: Barriers to refugee sponsorship

Citizens for Public Justice’s latest report highlights four barriers to refugee sponsorship in Canada. This includes long wait times for processing, limits on how many refugees each group can sponsor, and the federal government’s policy on travel loans. A Half Welcome: Delays, Limits, and Inequities in Canadian Refugee Sponsorship is based on MORE