In order to fulfill his mandate, the Representative has built partnerships with a number of agencies and organizations, including the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates.
Within B.C., the Representative is particularly committed to entering into and maintaining protocol agreements with other First Nations agencies and service providers for the coordination of services to First Nations children and their families.
Current projects and partnerships
Tuition Waivers for Youth in Care – ongoing
In the spring of 2013, B.C.’s first Representative for Children and Youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, challenged the province’s post-secondary institutions to waive tuition fees for youth under a continuing care order. Vancouver Island University was the first to meet that challenge, followed by UBC. The Office continues to be strongly supportive of this initiative.
Métis Nation British Columbia – Memorandum of Understanding signed October 30, 2013.
Community Living B.C. – Joint Protocol signed September 26, 2013.
First Nations Education Steering Committee – Memorandum of Understanding signed July 8, 2011.
Ministry of Children and Family Development – Joint Protocol signed April 4, 2011.
First Nations Delegated Agencies (known collectively as the First Nations Directors Forum) – Memorandum of Understanding signed December 8, 2010.