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Child and youth news of the week

CBC News: Ottawa to increase funding for First Nations child welfare services National Observer: B.C.’s budget calls for momentous change in housing, childcare CBC News: Record check misses ‘shocking revelations’ in B.C. Children’s Ministry file Global Newswire: BC Supreme Court grants Huu-ay-aht mother more access to her newborn The Tyee: MORE

Child and youth news of the week

National Observer: BC working on big changes for Indigenous child welfare Times Colonist: Victoria sobering centre to start taking older teens Province: Dylan Cohen: More educational support needed from government for kids leaving foster care Castlegar Source: OP/ED: BC Poverty Reduction Coalition says minimum wage hikes inadequate Global News: Foster parents say contract terminated after 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


Urban Explorers promotes children as agents of change within communities

The Society for Children and Youth of BC (SCYBC) has launched a pilot Urban Explorers educational program within the Vancouver School District (SD39). With a focus on children’s rights to participate in decisions that affect their lives, Urban Explorers invites elementary and high-school students to explore their community, identify community assets, 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


BC211 goes province-wide

BC211, operator of the Red Book Online directory of community services, has expanded its reach from Metro Vancouver to now offer service throughout BC. In addition to phone service, now also offers a live web chat service with call centre staff, ready to refer callers to anything from emergency MORE