Publication Topics: Safety

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

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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

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Supporting Gender Diversity and Expression in BC Schools

September 2014 This letter to BC school board trustees noted that, as of September 2014, First Call has partnered with the BC Safer Schools Coalition to support school board policies that: Explicitly protect students, staff and families from harassment based on all forms of oppression, including homophobia and transphobia Encourage MORE

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First Call Urges Premier Clark to Improve Youth-in-Care Transitions

June 2014 Mid-June, First Call sent a letter to Premier Christy Clark in support of the recommendations in the report On Their Own: Examining the Needs of BC Youth as They Leave Government Care, released April 2014 by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, the BC representative for children and youth. “These are MORE

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BC Government Responds to Letter Re: Polygamy Decision

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

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2011 Brief to MCFD Minister Mary McNeil

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

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2011 Brief on Federal Child and Youth Rights Issues

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


Taking Stock of Youth Wellbeing in BC Today: A Forum

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

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First Call Recommendations for Canada’s 3rd and 4th Reports on Children’s Rights

July 2008 Recommendations for Preparation of Canada’s 3rd and 4th Reports on Children’s Rights Submitted by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition is pleased to provide the following suggestions for Canada’s 3rd and 4th Reports on our progress in implementing MORE

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Letter to Premier Campbell Urges the Implementation of Jordan’s Principle

May 2008 On April 9, 2008 First Call unanimously passed a resolution in support of Jordan’s Principle, a child-first approach to resolving government jurisdictional disputes. First Call has long worked to ensure that the provincial government takes action on their commitment to ensure the safety and well-being of Aboriginal children by implementing MORE