This is the ninth consecutive year that British Columbia is marking Child and Youth in Care Week, a time to honour young people living in the care of the government. As it is the first such occasion for me as your Representative, I want to pass on this important message directly to the more than 6,000 of you in various forms of care:
Children’s rights in Canada were under siege in 2018. Young people who are marginalized, vulnerable and involved with government systems, saw their rights curtailed and voices silenced. It is imperative that Canadians join us to demand their governments act to advance and uphold the rights of children and youth. To not take action is to fail them.
It has been my distinct pleasure during the past few days to appear at a number of events in Kelowna and Kamloops to celebrate Social Work Week in British Columbia, honouring those who have dedicated their careers to helping children, youth and families.
On National Child Day, Canada celebrates the rights of all children and youth under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). At my Office, we too celebrate this groundbreaking treaty that was ratified by Canada in 1991.
As an advocate for British Columbia’s most vulnerable youth, I am compelled to publicly express my grave concerns about the operations of some residential agencies contracted by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) that continue to leave many youth in government care at unnecessary and unacceptable risk.
For the eighth consecutive year, British Columbia is marking Child and Youth in Care Week, a time when we honour the strength, resilience and talents of those young people who are living in the care of the provincial government.
Following last week's emergency meeting on Indigenous child welfare in Ottawa, convened by Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA) has issued the following statement:
Today, as we mark National Child Day and the beginning of Child Rights Education Week (Nov. 20-26), we encourage federal, provincial and municipal governments, and all Canadians, to remember the fundamental rights of children and youth.
Representative Bernard Richard responds to the government's announcement that it will expand the tuition waiver program for former children and youth in care to all 25 post-secondary institutions in B.C.
For the seventh consecutive year, British Columbia is marking Child and Youth in Care Week, a designation that honours the diversity and strengths of young people living in the care of the provincial government and acknowledges the challenges and obstacles that these children and youth face - and work to overcome - on a daily basis.