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Statements
May 28, 2014

MONTREAL – British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond was granted an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree today at McGill University’s Spring Convocation ceremony.

Monitoring Reports
Apr 28, 2014

The provincial government’s responsibility to "parent" the children in its care should not suddenly end when those children turn 19, says the Representative for Children and Youth in this special report. 

Statements
Mar 10, 2014

In honour of Social Work Week this year, I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to the front-line workers in the child-serving system, and to applaud their chosen theme, “Social Workers Promoting Greater Social Equity.” This theme reminds us that social workers fill a key role in ensuring that B.C.’s most vulnerable children have the same opportunities as their peers.

CID Reviews and Investigations
Feb 6, 2014

The tragic suicide death of a 14-year-old girl living in a rural British Columbia First Nations community reveals a child protection system that is not reaching the children who need it most, a Representative’s investigation finds. 

The report details how this girl’s glaring needs for child protection, mental health services and special needs support went largely unmet due mainly to a dysfunctional child welfare system in her region and lack of communication between various social workers and health professionals.

Statements
Jan 22, 2014

Coast Capital Savings today announced the launch of a fund that will help youth formerly in care of the province access post-secondary education at British Columbia institutions. Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen-Turpel Lafond attended the launch and comments. 

Statements
Dec 18, 2013

The federal legislation that came into force this week is a welcome step toward addressing the safety and security of First Nations women and children who live on-reserve in Canada.

Statements
Dec 3, 2013

In British Columbia, an estimated 50,000 children and youth have special needs and require services and supports to thrive alongside their peers. Dec. 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, is an opportunity to reflect on whether they are safe and secure at school and in our communities, and if we must do more in our province to see their rights upheld.

Statements
Nov 20, 2013

National Child Day, a date that commemorates Canada’s adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), is more than just a day of recognition — it’s a reminder of the role we all have to play in protecting the rights of children.

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