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.
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.
October is Community Living Month, the perfect time to honour the contributions of children and youth with developmental disabilities and recognize the many people who are making a difference in their lives, helping them build brighter futures.
An investigative report into the life of a young Aboriginal girl who was subject to neglect and abuse after moving from the care of the B.C. government to the care of her maternal grandfather in Saskatchewan.
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.
For three years now, British Columbia has dedicated one week to reflect on the strengths and needs of each of the more than 8,000 children and youth in the care of our provincial government. To each one of those boys and girls and youth in care, I want to take this opportunity to say: