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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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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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Representative’s statement for National Indigenous People’s Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day is an occasion to commemorate and celebrate the rich cultural traditions and contributions of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Urban Indigenous peoples on whose lands we live, work, learn and play.

It is also a time …


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Representative’s statement on services for children and youth with support needs

Over the last 13 months, we have been carefully watching the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s (MCFD’s) effort to re-design the way it provides services to children and youth with special (support) needs and their families. This proposed change …


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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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Representative’s statement on toxic drug supply

Since April 2016, when the province first declared it a Public Health Emergency, the devastating effects of the toxic drug crisis on British Columbia have grown more apparent by the month. Illicit drug overdoses are now overwhelmingly the leading cause …


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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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