Ignite Your Spirit 2 was a youth-led forum hosted by B.C.'s Representative for Children and Youth at Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island in August 2017 for Indigenous youth in care. The term "Ignite Your Spirit" is a reference to setting alight the passion within each person in order to advocate for change. The goal of the forum was to capture the realities experienced by Indigenous children and youth in B.C.'s child welfare system.
Ever wonder what to do if you have a friend who needs help? Check out this short video and feel free to contact our advocates at BC's Office of the Representative for Children and Youth. You can call us, email us or find us online! Whatever works for you. :)
BC's Representative for Children and Youth (RCYBC) is an independent office of the Legislature. That means that we are not the government! RCYBC supports youth in care, young people and their families, and any children and youth who are not in government care but still require assistance in dealing with the government.
No youth should ever be homeless. Too many are. Meet Katherine McParland, a youth who is doing something about it. With a team of youth leaders, Katherine is hosting a series of forums around B.C. to hear from youth with experiences of homelessness. If you fit this description, please join in! Times, dates and details on our website: https://rcybc.ca/youthhomelessness.
In this second video in the series, our Social Media Youth Team spoke with the Representative for Children and Youth about his experiences at RCY. Bernard tells the team about his incredible first experience at Ignite Your Spirit and how important it is for children and youth to know that RCY exists and the advocacy services available.
In this video, Representative for Children and Youth Bernard Richard tells the Social Media Youth Team about his three main priorities: to reduce the over-representation of Indigenous youth in care, to help kids transition out of care and to provide access to mental health services and substance abuse treatment.
The Lansdowne Middle School Choir performed a Namibian folk song on June 18, 2015 at the release of the Growing Up in B.C. - 2015 report by the Representative and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall.
The Rep sat down recently with her new friend Giggles, a puppet from the planet Zog, to talk about a child's right to culture. Giggles meets with students in elementary schools to help them explore their rights as children. Giggles met with more than 150 children at three Victoria schools as part of the Child Thrive program, an initiative of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development.