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Statements on the Effects of Residential Schools

The Representative for Children and Youth and RCY’s Knowledge Keeper have released statements about the ongoing and persistent harm and trauma caused by residential schools across B.C. and Canada.


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Representative’s Statement on the Improvements to Transition Supports for Youth Aging Out of Care

The improvements announced this week will help provide some continuity of relationships and supports past the age of 19 for young people who are in care – to reflect some of the supports that are in place for their contemporaries …


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Representative’s Statement on Social Work Week

For the past two years, we have celebrated Social Work Week under the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a profound effect on the lives of social workers both professionally and personally. Social workers have been working tirelessly to support children, …


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Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates Reflect on 30 Years of Children’s Rights in Canada

To mark the 30th anniversary of the ratification of the UNCRC, the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates calls upon the Canadian government to repeal section 43 of the Criminal Code, which legally permits corporal punishment of …


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Representative’s Statement on the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Children and Youth with Support Needs Plan

As B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth, I have long been calling for a fundamental shift in the CYSN system. Like many others, I have questions and concerns about the framework as announced on Oct. 27. However, I also see …


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Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates’ Statement on National Child Day

On National Child Day, CCCYA urges Canadians to call on government to safeguard the rights of children and youth. The need to protect children and youth from physical violence in what are most often private settings, as permitted by section …


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Representative’s Statement on National Child Day

National Child Day acknowledges the rights of all children across the country and celebrates the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) by the UN on Nov. 20, 1989. As a rights-based Office, the …


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Representative’s Statement on Foster Family Month

October is Foster Family Month, a time when we recognize the hard work and dedication of foster caregivers across the province. With the added stress of children returning to schools this year amidst an ongoing pandemic, foster caregivers have played …


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Representative’s Statement on Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Today we recognize the history and troubling legacy of the residential school system in Canada. We wear orange in memory of the children who did not survive residential schools, those who did and who were traumatized by the experience, and …


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Representative’s statement on International FASD Awareness Day

International FASD Awareness Day is an important time for us to recognize the strengths of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and their families and the challenges they face in our society. FASD is a life-long disability that is …


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