Publication Topics: Child Rights

Letters and Submissions

MPs and Ministers Congratulated on Federal Election and Invited to Learn about First Call

April 2016 This letter from the First Call Coalition congratulated all Members of Parliament and relevant Ministers (re)elected in the 2015 federal election and invited them to learn more about First Call’s vision and work. It also commends them on the actions they have already taken in their first few months of MORE


Federal Policies That Put Children and Youth First – Progress Update

In the lead-up to the federal election, First Call developed an election toolkit outlining what is at stake for BC’s children and youth at the federal level under each of the 4 Keys to Success for Children and Youth. In this new report we’ve tracked the progress made on our policy recommendations based on announcements MORE

First Call Monthly Updates

March 2016 Monthly Update

March, 2016 Welcome to our monthly update about First Call’s advocacy work and key actions you can take to support children and youth in BC. Highlights this month include: We reviewed the federal budget for highlights and misses for BC’s children and youth We heard back from MSDSI Minister Stilwell MORE


Federal budget 2016 takes aim at child poverty, misses early childhood urgency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 31, 2016 First Call Coalition members were looking for a 2016 federal budget that put Canada’s children and youth first and that ensured that BC’s children and youth have the resources they need to thrive. We were heartened by a number of new commitments for MORE

Letters and Submissions

Response from MSDSI Minister Stilwell Re Family Maintenance Service

March 2016 On March 8, 2016, Michelle Stilwell, Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation, responded by email to First Call, West Coast LEAF and Single Mothers’ Alliance BC’s Dec 18, 2015 email regarding Family Maintenance Services (FMS). In the Dec 18 email we asked whether the Ministry anticipated any changes to the following MORE

Letters and Submissions

Follow-up Letter to MSDSI Minister Stilwell Re Family Maintenance Service

December 2015 On December 18, 2015, First Call, West Coast LEAF and Single Mothers’ Alliance BC sent an email to Michelle Stilwell, the BC minister of social development and social innovation, regarding Family Maintenance Services (FMS). This email follows up on Minister Stilwell’s March 23, 2015 response to Adrienne Montani’s March 2, 2015 letter. They ask MORE

Letters and Submissions

2016 Provincial Budget Submission: Will BC’s 2016 Budget Put Children and Youth First?

September 2015 First Call made a presentation and written submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2016 provincial budget. (Each fall, the Select Standing Committee holds province-wide public consultations on the next provincial budget, then drafts recommendations for the budget based on the input given.) MORE

Corinne Robertshaw

News Release: First Call Coalition Joins Forces with Corinne’s Quest Campaign to End Physical Punishment of Children in Canada

March 3, 2015 Vancouver, BC – First Call has announced the affiliation of a new campaign focused on ending physical punishment of children. Called Corinne’s Quest in honour of Corinne Robertshaw, a lawyer who dedicated the latter part of her life to this issue, the organization’s mission is “to promote MORE

Letters and Submissions

Minister Cadieux Responds to 2014’s Child Poverty Report Card

December 22, 2014 Minister Cadieux responded to 2014’s BC Child Poverty Report Card by outlining government’s two-pronged approach to child poverty: 1) job creation and 2) targeted support programs/services. For example, Cadieux noted that government has increased BC’s minimum wage to $10.25/hour; lowered taxes by 37 per cent since 2001; MORE

Letters and Submissions

First Call Urges BC Mayors and Councils to Support BC Children and Youth at UBCM Convention

September 2014 With several significant resolutions regarding the rights and well-being of children and youth coming forward at the 2014 Union of BC Municipalities convention, this open letter to BC’s mayors and councils urged resource support for sexually exploited children and youth, trades and technology skills training and a $10/day MORE