In May 2018, the Representative launched an 18-month outreach tour that will visit communities across B.C. to educate children, youth and those who care for them about their fundamental rights. The focus of the tour will be to engage Indigenous children and youth, who are greatly over-represented in the provincial child welfare system.
The Representative and staff at RCY have heard repeatedly from youth and young adults that they didn’t realize they had protected rights and that they wish they’d known about those rights at a much younger age. Their experiences became the catalyst for this #Rep4Rights tour. The goal is to reach as many children and youth as possible, with a focus on Indigenous children and youth in care.
The tour launched at Shoreline Community Middle School in Victoria in May and will make stops around the province at schools, Indigenous Friendship Centres, Delegated Aboriginal Agencies and Ministry of Children and Family Development offices. Because many adults are unfamiliar with child rights, RCY staff will also give workshops for adults and caregivers who work with children and youth.
Tour dates 2019 (subject to change)
Stay tuned for upcoming bookings!
Where we’ve been in 2019:
|Oct 9||Fort St. John|
|Oct 7, 8||Dawson Creek|
|June 14||Kelowna Foundry, Okanagan Boys and Girls Club|
|June 13||Penticton, Oliver|
|June 10||Okanagan Boys and Girls Club|
|May 31||Shuswap Children’s Association|
|May 30||Shuswap Family Centre, Salmon Arm|
|May 29||MCFD, Salmon Arm|
|May 28||MCFD, Revelstoke|
|May 17||Secwepemc Child and Family Services, Kamloops|
|May 16||Scw’exmx Child and Family Services, Merritt|
|May 15||MCFD, Ashcroft|
|May 14||MCFD, Lillooet|
|May 13||MCFD, Merritt|
|May 9||Secwepemc Child and Family Services, Kamloops|
|May 7||Scw’exmx Child and Family Services, Merritt|
|Apr 26||MCFD and Denisiqi Services Society, Williams Lake|
|Apr 25||Knucwentwecw Society, Williams Lake|
|Apr 24||MCFD, 100 Mile House|
|Apr 23||MCFD, Clearwate|
|Apr 17||Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association, Surrey|
|Apr. 10, 11||Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre, Coquitlam|
|Mar 12||Broadway Youth Resource Centre, Vancouver|
|Feb 21||Carrier Sekani Family Services Junior Girls Walk Tall, Prince George|
|Feb 5||North Vancouver MCFD and Ayas Men Men, Vancouver|
|Jan 30||Carrier Sekani Family Services, Prince George|
|Jan 16||Child and Youth in Care Network, Prince George|
For more information, or to book a tour stop, call 1-800-476-3933.