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Nanaimo State of the Child

The Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership released their third State of the Child Report that supports investments in the first years of a child’s life and highlights how the community supports the positive development of young people. It provides an overview of the situations of family and economic wellbeing, health and wellness, MORE


Mental Health & Addictions Engagement

The BC Government’s Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions is creating a mental health and addictions strategy and is looking for input from British Columbians. There are many ways for you to contribute, including an online feedback form, via email, or through an printable PDF form. Deadline is August 21, 2018 at 4pm.

Child and Youth News of the Week

Global News: Victoria daycare operator says she’s got the space, but can’t find staff to open National Post: Children with disabilities need better access to sport Vancouver Sun: Jordan Westfall: Getting us out of the overdose epidemic will require bold action from government StarMetro Vancouver: A B.C. reserve has been MORE

Campaigns and Issues

First Call’s Federal Budget Submission

On August 3, First Call participated in the federal government’s Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2019 Budget with a submission that made recommendations in three key areas: 1. Tax Fairness and Income Support: Leveling the playing field for Canada’s children and youth is one of the best investments government can make MORE

Campaigns and Issues

#AllOnBoard Affordable Transit for Metro Vancouver

The #AllonBoard campaign has launched a petition calling on Metro Vancouver for affordable and accessible transit. The campaign advocates for: Free transit for all children and youth 0-18 Sliding scale monthly pass system based on income They also advocate for a social justice and poverty reduction mandate for Translink, non-stigmatizing affordability measures, fare evasion MORE


Foster Youth-Led Organizing and Resources in the U.S.

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) is a nonprofit, bipartisan organization that works to raise awareness and remove policy barriers for children without families. 10 current and former foster youth in the Foster Youth Internship Program recently released their recommendations in a policy report titled Tools for Transformation: Building a Compassionate MORE


Child Care Recognition Award

The BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS) invites nominations for the Child Care Recognition Awards. The award will recognize outstanding early childhood educator (ECE) role models who support First Nations and/or Métis language, culture, and traditions. Award recipients can be recognized for a variety of accomplishments, including advocacy work, training development, MORE