Statements
Jul 4, 2019

VICTORIA – Three Canadians who have dedicated their lives to public service with a focus on children and youth were honoured recently by the Janusz Korczak Association of Canada during a ceremony at Government House.

Statements
Jul 3, 2019

The Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) can now advocate for more young adults who have aged out of government care following a regulatory change that expands the Office’s legal mandate.

Young adults up to their 24th birthdays who have aged out of care and who are on or eligible for an Agreement with Young Adults (AYA), or who are on or eligible for a provincial post-secondary tuition waiver, can now work with RCY advocates if they need help or advice. 

 

Statements
Jun 27, 2019

The very thorough and comprehensive report entitled Oversight of Contracted Residential Services for Children and Youth in Care that was released last week by British Columbia’s Auditor General Carol Bellringer raises serious concerns – yet again – about a system of contracted residential services for children and youth in care that is no system at all and which continues to be beset by a litany of shortcomings.

Statements
Jun 21, 2019

This National Indigenous Peoples Day, it is more important than ever that we use the occasion to take action towards reconciliation. This is not symbolic, nor is it simply an aspirational goal. As recent initiatives such as the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls have so clearly shown, it’s time for every one of us to do something, because good intentions are not enough.

Statements
Jun 4, 2019

The release of the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is an important milestone for social justice in Canada. This exhaustive document, comprising more than 1,000 pages, explains why Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA individuals have been, and continue to be, subject to horrendous violence, abuse and overarching injustices in our society.

Statements
Jun 3, 2019

This is the ninth consecutive year that British Columbia is marking Child and Youth in Care Week, a time to honour young people living in the care of the government. As it is the first such occasion for me as your Representative, I want to pass on this important message directly to the more than 6,000 of you in various forms of care:

Statements
Mar 15, 2019

It has been my distinct pleasure during the past few days to appear at a number of events in Kelowna and Kamloops to celebrate Social Work Week in British Columbia, honouring those who have dedicated their careers to helping children, youth and families.

Reports
Dec 11, 2018

RCY is pleased to share a report created by Melanie Doucet, a PhD candidate at the McGill School of Social Work. RCY is encouraged to see this type of important work being undertaken in collaboration with young adults in and from care.

CID Reviews and Investigations
Dec 10, 2018

The ordeal of one boy and his family shows that British Columbia’s system of services to support children with complex needs must be overhauled, says an investigative report released today by the Representative for Children and Youth.

Statements
Nov 20, 2018

On National Child Day, Canada celebrates the rights of all children and youth under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). At my Office, we too celebrate this groundbreaking treaty that was ratified by Canada in 1991.

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