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Representative congratulates Mary Teegee on receiving the Janusz Korczak Medal for Children’s Rights Advocacy

Victoria – A fierce warrior for children, youth and their families was honoured last week by the Janusz Korczak Association of Canada and the Representative for Children and Youth of B.C. during a ceremony at Government House.

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Recent data highlights worrisome trends for B.C. children and youth

VICTORIA – Increasing poverty rates, deepening vulnerabilities of children heading into kindergarten and an inability to access affordable childcare are preventing B.C. young people from thriving, says the province’s Representative for Children and Youth.

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Representative for Children and Youth disappointed by lack of significant new funding for children and youth in B.C. Budget

B.C.’s provincial budget is not going far enough in addressing the urgent needs of children and youth in the province, says B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth.

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Missed Opportunities: A review of the use of youth justice resources

A new report examining the youth justice system released by the Representative today reveals a gross under-utilization of scarce resources by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. While the number of youth committing crimes and being sentenced to custody …


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Canadian Council for Children and Youth Statement on National Child Day

The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA) is a national
organization, which RCY is a member, made up of representatives from Canadian provinces and
territories who work collectively to promote and protect the rights of children
and youth.…


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Still Left Out: Children and youth with disabilities in B.C.

The Representative for Children and Youth has released a follow-up report to Left Out, calling on the provincial government to immediately provide much-needed supports for the children and youth with disabilities and their families across British Columbia who are …


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Representative’s statement congratulating Dr. Cindy Blackstock’s 2023 World’s Children’s Prize

As B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth, I want to formally acknowledge and celebrate the fact that longtime advocate and “children’s warrior” Dr. Cindy Blackstock has this week received a prestigious and very well-deserved global honour recognizing her years of …


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Representative’s statement on International Overdose Awareness Day

As B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth, I am often asked what keeps me awake at night. Like many other parents, family members, peers, service providers and leaders, I have many areas of concern, but the one that makes my …


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Representative to investigate circumstances leading to horrific abuse and death of a child

Representative for Children and Youth Jennifer Charlesworth announced today that her Office (RCY) will conduct a full investigation into the circumstances that led to the horrific abuse inflicted on two First Nations children in care in Lake Errock and ultimately …


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Missing: Why are children disappearing from B.C.’s child welfare system?

Stories of children and youth who are lost or missing from the child welfare system continue to emerge as an area of concern across Canada, in some cases resulting in tragic and preventable injuries and deaths. Missing presents findings by …


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