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2020 Budget Delivers on Previous Promises but Thin on New Initiatives for Children, Youth and Their Families

This week’s BC budget followed through on promises made in past budgets – including the BC Child Opportunity Benefit – but comes up short on new initiatives and investments that would assist children, youth and their families. “We need to invest more in upstream, preventative family supports,” commented Adrienne Montani, MORE

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U-Pass BC Program Extension Announcement

The U-Pass BC program has been extended for five years after student associations from 10 public universities and colleges in Metro Vancouver voted to approve the motion. The U-Pass BC program, which began in 2010, is a partnership between the Province, TransLink, participating public post-secondary institutions and their student associations. Students holding MORE


Primer on Practice Shifts Required with Canada’s Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth And Families Act

The Assembly of First Nations released a primer on new Indigenous child welfare legislation. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Aki-kwe, Residential School History and Dialogue Centre Director and Professor of Law, wrote the report. It addresses the new federal legislation that came into effect for Canadians on January 1, 2020. Mary Ellen outlines that the MORE


Spirit Bear’s Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action

The First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada (the Caring Society) recently launched the Spirit Bear’s Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action. It is a youth-friendly guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) 94 Calls to Action. A reminder that Have a MORE


Call for Abstracts: Health & Wellbeing in Children, Youth and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Conference

The 7th Biennial Conference on Developmental Disabilities: Health and Wellbeing across the Lifespan is taking place on November 25-27, 2020 in Richmond, BC. Children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities are vulnerable to high rates of general health and mental health concerns. This interactive 2020 conference will focus on practical strategies to MORE


FBCYICN Dream Fund

The Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks’ Dream Fund supports young people in and from care to pursue their careers and achieve their goals through education and skill building. The Dream Fund includes two different bursaries that are distributed three times a year: in October, March and July. The Education Achievement Bursary provides up MORE


Reminder: Call for Volunteers for Homeless Count

The 2020 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver will take place on the night of March 3rd and throughout the day on March 4th. The goals of the 2020 Homeless Count are to obtain a reliable estimate on the number of people experiencing homelessness, to obtain a demographic profile of those individuals through the MORE


Child and Youth News of the Week

CBC News: Child care, housing top of mind for parents ahead of budget Aldergrove Star: Fraser Valley childcare professionals worry about new provincial rollout Global News: Budget 2020 will include details on federal childcare funding: minister CTV News: B.C. to launch free 24/7 mental health support in all post-secondary schools CBC Radio: Inside the teenage MORE