For this episode, our three Indigenous youth hosts talk about the issues that matter to them on this National Aboriginal Day.
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Terms, people and projects mentioned in this episode
Fostering Change initiative: A campaign run by the Vancouver Foundation to make the transition youth in foster care at 19 (often directly into homelessness) more successful (fosteringchange.ca)
Support the 700 petition: A petition by Fostering Change asking candidates in the 2017 provincial election to commit to supporting youth in government care (fosteringchange.ca/supportthe700)
Collective Impact: A group of youth and adults working collectively to improve foster care in BC, organized through McCreary Centre Society
Connect to Thrive: A program to give youth aging out of foster care at 19 a ‘care package’ of pots, pans and other household items to make that transition easier
MCFD: Ministry of Children and Family Development, the BC government ministry responsible for youth in foster care and other types of government care (mcf.gov.bc.ca/)
Youth in care: BC children and teens living in government care, such as group homes and foster families
Stephanie Cadieux, BC’s Minister of Child and Family Development (2012-present)
Intergenerational trauma: the idea that pain and other effects of trauma are passed down from generation to generation because healing takes time
Cindy Blackstock: Human rights activist and executive director of the First Nations Caring Society (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cindy_Blackstock)
Reconciliation: A process of restoring mutual respect between cultures, and acknowledging and remedying Canada’s history of colonialism and its impact on Indigenous people
Views expressed in this podcast belong to individuals themselves, and do not necessarily represent positions held by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition or its member organizations.
This episode was recorded on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. Thank you to the staff at the VPL Inspiration Lab, and hosts of this episode of As Word Spreads: Shae, Jess Boon and Chris Tait.
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