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Lessons from Care: ‘We’ll Be Triumphant in Our Battle to Make This System Great’ – The Tyee

Part 11 in a series. Who better to ask for solutions than Indigenous youth who have been in government care? Today, activist Dylan Cohen. Dylan Cohen is “pretty sure” he asked to go into foster care when he was 14, but he’s not positive. “Part of coming into care meant that my childhood is mostly […]

by ahnationtalk on June 13, 201810 Views

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RCYBC: Statement on residential agencies

As an advocate for British Columbia’s most vulnerable youth, I am compelled to publicly express my grave concerns about the operations of some residential agencies contracted by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) that continue to leave many youth in government care at unnecessary and unacceptable risk. I was shocked and disappointed to […]

by ahnationtalk on June 12, 201814 Views

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Former youth in care uses martial arts to explore his feelings and his future

June 3, 2018 NANAIMO – Even though Trent Jack, 19, is able to look after himself, it’s nice to know that Shane Jung, a WMMAL featherweight champion and Battlefield Fight League bantamweight champion, has his back as a mentor and friend. Trent has been in government care on and off since he was three years old, […]

by ahnationtalk on June 4, 201810 Views

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BC Government: Death review panel recommends prevention opportunities to help youth in care

May 28, 2018 VICTORIA – Following a review of 200 deaths of young people who died transitioning to independence from government care between 2011 and 2016, a death review panel has issued a series of recommendations to several provincial ministries. The report, titled BC Coroners Service Death Review Panel: Review of MCFD-Involved Youth Transitioning to […]

by ahnationtalk on May 28, 20186 Views

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BC Government: Renovated space, integrated services equal stronger safety net for youth on DTES

May 3, 2018 VANCOUVER – Some of B.C.’s most-vulnerable youth on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside have a newly renovated space that’s tailored to serve their needs. The Vancouver Integrated Youth Services Centre brings together key supports under one roof – including child and youth mental health, addiction services, child protection and police. Together, they provide a […]

by ahnationtalk on May 3, 201821 Views

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Representative’s Submission on B.C. Poverty Reduction Strategy

April 6, 2018 My Office applauds the B.C. government for taking the first steps towards creating a strategy to reduce poverty in B.C. by soliciting the views of citizens. I am pleased to offer this submission on behalf of the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) to help inform this strategy. The […]

by ahnationtalk on April 10, 201834 Views

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Representative’s Submission on B.C. Cannabis Regulation Engagement

April 5, 2018 In April 2017, the federal government tabled Bill C-45, An Act Respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and Other Acts, in the Canadian parliament to legalize and regulate the recreational use of cannabis in Canada. In July 2017, the Canadian Council of Child and […]

by ahnationtalk on April 10, 201833 Views

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FNHC: Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey 2018 Youth Leaders Program

The FNHC is now accepting applications for First Nation leaders aged 16 to 30 years to participate in the inaugural Youth Leaders Program at Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey IX, May 15-17, 2018. There are 10 spots available – one male and one female from each BC region. The 10 Youth Leaders selected will […]

by ahnationtalk on March 26, 201827 Views

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Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates – Statement regarding Indigenous child welfare

TORONTO, Jan. 31, 2018  – Following last week’s emergency meeting on Indigenous child welfare in Ottawa, convened by Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA) has issued the following statement: As independent child advocates from nine provinces and two […]

by ahnationtalk on January 31, 201838 Views

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We Matter and Facebook host first national #HopeForum

Indigenous youth from across the country gather for forum on healing and life promotion OTTAWA, Jan. 15, 2018 – On January 21 and 22, Indigenous youth representing every province and territory will attend the first ever #HopeForum to address the suicide crisis impacting their communities. The two-day forum, hosted and facilitated by We Matter and […]

by ahnationtalk on January 15, 201845 Views

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