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Raffi to receive Champion of Child and Youth Rights Award at First Call gala!

First Call is proud to announce that Raffi will receive the First Call Champion of Child and Youth Rights Award at our Gala on February 1—in special recognition of his contributions to awareness of children’s rights through the Child Honouring movement. We are also honoured to have Grand Chief Ed John, Tl’azt’en 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


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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


research

Risky play, children and young people in urban environments

Research by Ball, D.J. & Hansen Sandseter, E.B. Children and Young People in Urban Environments points to the necessity of risky play for children and youth. According to the research abstract, “the majority of children now live in urban environments and play provision for them has followed certain paths which are heavily MORE


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BC consultation on preventing sexual violence on post-secondary campuses

The province is holding a consultation on how to prevent sexual violence on post-secondary campuses. Feedback will help determine whether government can do more to ensure, informed, safe and healthy post-secondary campuses. Post-secondary students are asked to review their institution’s sexual violence and misconduct policy and then complete an online MORE


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Federal government launches budget consultation

The federal government has launched a consultation on budget 2018 consisting of four online surveys called #yourbudget2018. The four surveys, on the progress for the middle class, the economy of tomorrow, lifelong learning and gender equality, are now available online. Access the federal surveys here. Read First Call’s submission to the MORE


News

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


Campaigns and Issues

Raffi to receive Champion of Child and Youth Rights Award at First Call gala!

First Call is proud to announce that Raffi will receive the First Call Champion of Child and Youth Rights Award at our Gala on February 1—in special recognition of his contributions to awareness of children’s rights through the Child Honouring movement. We are also honoured to have Grand Chief Ed MORE


Campaigns and Issues

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