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Editorials and Submissions
Apr 12, 2017

Dr. Cindy Blackstock will be honoured for more than a quarter-century of dedicated work when she receives the 2017 Janusz Korczak Medal for Children’s Rights Advocacy this afternoon.

Editorials and Submissions
Apr 10, 2017

Representative Bernard Richard and Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux today completed the signing of a comprehensive protocol agreement which has the purpose of ensuring a clear, mutual understanding of their organizations’ respective roles and mandates regarding communication and information sharing.

Editorials and Submissions
Feb 16, 2017

Bernard Richard has been confirmed by the British Columbia Legislature as the province’s second Representative for Children and Youth.

Richard’s appointment was confirmed today in a unanimous vote of MLAs for a five-year term as Representative, pursuant to section 2 of the Representative for Children and Youth Act. Prior
to confirmation, he served as Acting Representative since Nov. 27, 2016.

Editorials and Submissions
May 5, 2016

The Representative for Children and Youth has sent a letter to the Speaker’s Office regarding the posting of the Special Report: Implementation of the Plecas Review, Part One: Decision Time.

Editorials and Submissions
Apr 3, 2016

On March 1, 2016, the Legislative Assembly appointed the Special Committee to Appoint a Representative for Children and Youth to select and unanimously recommend the appointment of a Representative, pursuant to section 2 of the Representative for Children and Youth Act, S.B.C. 2006, C. 29.

The Committee is now seeking applications for the position of Representative for Children and Youth. Applications must be received by Friday, May 6, 2016. This position's responsibilities and duties are outlined in the Representative for Children and Youth Act, S.B.C. 2006, C. 29.

Editorials and Submissions
Aug 20, 2015

An opinion-editorial by the Representative clarifying the role of her Office with respect to the "J.P." case.

Editorials and Submissions
Jan 14, 2015

Dawn Thomas-Wightman has been named Acting Deputy Representative for Children and Youth in British Columbia, Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond announced this week.

Thomas-Wightman brings nearly 20 years of direct experience in child welfare through her various roles with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), delegated Aboriginal Agencies (DAAs) and the Representative’s Office. She takes over from former Deputy John Greschner, who moves into a new position as Executive Lead, External Relations and Strategic Direction at the RCY.

Editorials and Submissions
Aug 28, 2014

Our purpose in writing is twofold: we urge you to discuss at the upcoming meeting of the Council of the Federation the national tragedy reflected in the disproportionate number of Aboriginal children taken into government care across Canada; and, we encourage you to attend to this crucial issue by developing specific national solutions. 

Editorials and Submissions
Jul 4, 2013

The Representative’s letter to the federal Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism regarding the importance of the Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) and other programs for immigrant and refugee youth.

Editorials and Submissions
Aug 1, 2012

The Representative for Children and Youth presented this paper at the International Summer Course on the Rights of the Child in Moncton.

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