The Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth's report Children and Youth with Neuro-Diverse Special Needs is an important step toward improving services for B.C. children with special needs and their families.
A unique forum on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) that saw children, youth, caregivers and key decision-makers come together recently in Victoria has highlighted the need for impactful and positive change to the system of supports for a population of young people that has generally been underserved.
I wish to express my extreme disappointment at today’s action by the federal government to fight a recent Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) ruling that ordered compensation for First Nations children and families affected by Canada’s discriminatory on-reserve child welfare system.
This report provides an overview of the work of the Office on behalf of the children and youth of B.C. over the past year and a plan outlining goals and objectives for the 2019/20 to 2021/22 fiscal years. Complete financial statements are also included.
The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA) published A National Paper on Youth Suicide that calls on governments at the national, provincial and territorial levels to take concrete action to prevent youth suicide in Canada.
Today, on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevention and Support Day, I want to acknowledge the voices and experiences of children and youth with FASD.
FASD is a diverse neurological condition that affects each person differently. Those with FASD face some incredible challenges, but each child and youth also has individual strengths, talents and abilities.
Today's Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) ruling represents a tangible recognition of the horrendous human rights violations that have been inflicted upon First Nations, Métis and Inuit children and families. This ruling, that orders compensation for First Nations children and some parents and grandparents affected by a discriminatory on-reserve child welfare system, is long overdue. After all the stalling and resistance, it’s about time the federal government honoured the 2016 CHRT ruling on First Nations child welfare.
This is the fifth adoption and permanency options update RCY has released, following the Office’s 2014 in-depth review of the B.C. adoption system. At the time of the first report, the Representative committed to periodic follow-ups regarding the government’s progress on the adoption front. This is the last of those updates.