Letters and Submissions

First Call Letter Urges Burnaby School District to Establish Sanctuary Schools

April 2016

In this letter, First Call urges Burnaby school trustees to put the best interests of children first through adopting a sanctuary schools policy for Burnaby schools, as well as calling upon the Ministry of Education and other districts to do the same.

We have heard from many of our member organizations about families who fear enrolling their children in school for fear of being asked to disclose their lack of immigration status. This results in the denial of their children’s right to education, a right Canada and BC committed to uphold through signing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.