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UNICEF Index ‘Where We Stand: The Canadian Index of Child and Youth Well-Being’

UNICEF Canada recently launched the Canadian Index of Child and Youth Well-Being. This is a framework to communicate to Canadians what Canada is like for kids from birth to age 18, track progress for their rights and well-being, and guide action to address the greatest challenges. Canada’s middle position among its MORE

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Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Announcement

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal recently issued an important compensation ruling for First Nations children and families. The Tribunal found that Canada willfully and recklessly discriminated against First Nations children. In this ruling, they ordered Canada to pay the maximum amount allowable under the Canadian Human Rights Act to compensate First Nations children, MORE

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BCEdAccess’ School Exclusion Tracker 2018-19 Report Released

Since September 4th 2018, BCEdAccess has been collecting parent-reported data on the exclusion of students with disabilities from schools in BC. As of June 2019, they had 492 reports with 3,610 instances where students were excluded from school. They recently launched the final data for the 2018-2019 school year. Of the respondents, 92.9% of the MORE


Research to Practice Network: Mental Health Literacy and Community Social Service Practice

The Research to Practice Network is a collection of academics and researchers working in collaborative partnership with The Federation of Community Social Services of BC to provide practitioners with insight into emerging research in the field of child and family practice. They recently released an article by Patty Ranahan from Concordia University to discuss MORE


A Second Chance: A Gladue Rights Story

Aboriginal Legal Aid in BC launched A Second Chance: A Gladue Rights Story. The story is about Gladue rights for Aboriginal peoples. Gladue rights encourage judges to take a restorative justice approach to sentencing. This means that the judge must try to come up with sentence that will help you and MORE


Frames Film Program Looking for Referrals

The Frames Film Program is looking for referrals for their upcoming Fall Cycle #21! They are looking for Indigenous youth and their peers ages 16 to 30 and living in the Lower Mainland. All youth who face a barrier of any kind (ie. homelessness, mental health challenges, unemployment, marginalization) are MORE

Child and Youth News of the Week

CBC News: B.C. mom writes book to help parents of special needs children with back-to-school Vancouver Sun: Dr. Muffy Greenaway: We need to make mental-health conversations part of daily school activity Times Colonist: B.C.’s first independent human rights commissioner is sworn in to begin work CBC News: First Nations leadership concerned about who will MORE

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Canada’s Poverty Reduction Act and Strategy Update

Earlier this week, the Government of Canada provided an update on the implementation of Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. With Opportunity for All – Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy marking its first anniversary, Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, released the report entitled Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy – An Update. The update marks MORE


Study on Association between Moving Home/School Frequently and the Early Childhood Formal Educational Achievement

A recent UK study researched the association between moving home and moving school frequently and the early childhood formal educational achievement. The study found that children who moved home frequently were more likely not to achieve in formal assessments compared with children not moving. Therefore, the report recommends that children experiencing MORE