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Final Submission on Statutory Review of the Representative for Children and Youth Act

Representative for Children and Youth Dr. Jennifer Charlesworth has made a number of recommendations to the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth as part of her final submission to the Committee’s statutory review of the Representative for Children and


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Canadian Council for Children and Youth Statement on National Child Day

November 20 is National Child Day, a celebration of the global pledge made to children’s rights. The CCCYA, of which RCY is a member, continuously strives to hold Canada accountable for its legally binding commitment to implementing and protecting the …


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Representative’s Statement on the Provincial Indigenous Self-Government in Child and Family Services Amendment Act

Today, the British Columbia government announced proposed key amendments to legislation (Bill 38) that will act as an important step towards reducing barriers for Indigenous Nations and communities to assert jurisdiction over their own child welfare.

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A Parent’s Responsibility: Government’s obligation to improve the mental health outcomes of children in care

A new report released today by the Children’s Health Policy Centre at Simon Fraser University and commissioned by the Representative for Children and Youth shows that young people in government care in comparable jurisdictions to British Columbia have dramatically higher …


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Hands, not Hurdles: Helping Children with FASD and their Families

Hands, not Hurdles: Helping Children with FASD and their Families is a condensed and easily digestible version of a more in-depth report on FASD released by the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) in 2021. In addition …


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Representative’s Statement on Pope Francis’s Visit to Canada

We at RCY join in support of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples calling for the Pope’s words to be just a beginning, rather than a conclusion. We align with those leaders in calling for tangible action by the Catholic …


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Representative’s Statement on Class Action Lawsuit Against the Federal Government

On June 20, 2022, the Federal Court of Canada approved the class action lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of off-reserve First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Urban Indigenous children who were taken from their families and placed in non-Indigenous …


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Representative makes submission as part of statutory review of RCY Act

Representative for Children and Youth Jennifer Charlesworth has made a number of recommendations to the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth as part of her initial submission to the Committee’s statutory review of the Representative for Children and Youth


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Representative’s Statement on National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day is a time to hold up and celebrate the culture, resistance and vision of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Urban Indigenous peoples. It is also a time to lean into the grief and pain of historical …


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Statement from Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates on UNCRC’s Concluding Observations for Canada

On June 9, 2022, the UNCRC released its Concluding Observations for Canada as its final step in this reporting cycle. Concluding Observations acknowledge progress achieved, identify areas of concern, and make recommendations to State parties for the full implementation of …


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