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Child and youth news of the week

Surrey Now-Leader: An ongoing struggle with poverty CBC News: High school graduation rates up for Indigenous, special needs students Huffpost: Discriminating against the poor is illegal, should change CBC News: JJ Bean gives Ontario minimum wage to staff because it’s the right thing to do CBC News: Free daycare for low income families announced for MORE

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Poverty reduction consultations dates and small grants for communities

The government has announced all the dates for the provincial consultation on poverty reduction taking place across the province. Please see below for detailed information on the consultation dates in communities throughout BC. In addition, government recognizes that certain groups experiencing poverty and those living in rural/remote communities may face MORE

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Oak Bay child murders highlight need for robust reforms to family law and child protection

The murder of two young girls on Christmas day in Oak Bay, Victoria has brought to light once again egregious issues with BC’s family law system and the need for much needed reforms to protect vulnerable children at risk. Little has changed since former Representative for Children and Youth Mary MORE

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Minister Shane Simpson’s Response to 2017 Child Poverty Report Card

Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Shane Simpson has written to First Call in response to the 2017 BC Child Poverty Report Card. The letter notes creation of a poverty reduction strategy is part of his ministry’s mandate, and that this will address key First Call issues that include housing, MORE

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First Call Annual Fundraising Gala with Grand Chief Ed John coming up February 1!

First Call’s annual fundraising gala is on the horizon! The gala is an opportunity to celebrate our child and youth advocacy, thank all those who generously support the work of First Call, and raise much-needed funds to ensure we can continue advocacy to put BC’s children and youth first. We 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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New Métis children and family services provider in Kamloops

BC’s minister for children and family development Katrine Conroy says Kamloops group Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services will take over responsibility for Métis children and family services in the area according to a recently released government press statement. Minister Conroy says the government is transferring child-protection authority to MORE