August 2012 This submission was First Call’s response to the federal Standing Committee on Finance’s online questionnaire regarding the 2013 federal budget. The questionnaire was narrowly focused on economic recovery/growth and job creation/productivity, among other challenges.
April 2012 Government’s polygamy investigation ongoing This April 2012 letter from BC Attorney General Shirley Bond and Ministers George Abbott and Mary McNeil responds to concerns regarding BC children and youth living in families/communities that practise polygamy, as outlined in January 2012 by child and youth advocacy groups the Canadian MORE
September 2011 This brief to Ministry of Children and Family Development Minister Mary McNeil outlines First Call’s recommendations for improved supports, services and outcomes for BC children and youth, including its 4 Keys to Success. The recommendations include: Permanency for children and youth in care Prevention of vulnerability through enhanced MORE
September 2011 These are First Call Provincial Coordinator Adrienne Montani’s 2011 speaking notes from her presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2012 provincial budget. (Each fall, the Select Standing Committee holds province-wide public consultations on the next provincial budget, then drafts recommendations for MORE
August 2011 First Call submitted three recommendations to the federal Standing Committee on Finance during pre-budget consultations on the 2012 federal budget: Place a high priority on increasing Canada’s annual investments in early childhood care and learning, from the current 0.25% of GDP to the recommended UNICEF benchmark of 1% MORE
July 2011 This briefing note is designed to be a reference document outlining ongoing and critical issues respecting the promotion and protection of child and youth rights within Canada, particularly those within federal jurisdiction. The material is organized by theme: General measures to promote and protect children’s rights Children’s rights MORE
June 2009 Co-sponsored by First Call, Vancouver Foundation and PeerNetBC, this forum brought together First Call partners, youth and youth-serving agencies to examine new research, identify gaps in services to youth and focus our work on advocacy initiatives and policy recommendations to address those gaps. More than 140 people attended, MORE
2000 The Well-Being of British Columbia’s Children and Youth: A Framework for Understanding and Action is the report from First Call’s Spotlight on Children and Youth campaign. This document primarily used the population health field to support policy and program directions that will make a difference to the health and MORE