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Jan 26, 2016

Today’s landmark ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, formally recognizing that federal provision of First Nations child and family services on-reserve across Canada is discriminatory, is a welcome and important step toward equality for Aboriginal children with their non-Aboriginal peers, said Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond.

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Jan 19, 2016

Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond will address the human rights of Indigenous children as part of the University of British Columbia's Janusz Korczak Lecture Series How to Love a Child that continues this week.

The series honours the memory and teachings of Poland’s Dr. Janusz Korczak, an early advocate for children’s rights, including their right for human dignity and respect, and whose ideas remain highly regarded today. The United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child is informed and inspired by Korczak’s theories.

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Dec 14, 2015

Dec. 14, 2015
By Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond
B.C. Representative for Children and Youth

Today the provincial government released a document, Part 1 of “Decision Time, a Review of Child Policy, Practice and Legislation”, written by Bob Plecas.

I was pleased to see that Mr. Plecas’s document endorses recommendations that my Office has made continually in recent years – including those calling for more funding and adequate staffing for MCFD.

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Nov 20, 2015

Canada's National Child Day – marked on Nov. 20 each year – commemorates the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Child (UNCRC) and gives us the opportunity to step back and take a look at the state of children and youth in our country and to ask whether our laws and policies reflect the intent of the UNCRC.

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Nov 20, 2015

On National Child Day (November 20, 2015), the members of the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA) repeat their call to the federal government and provincial and territorial governments to come together and address the dire situation of Indigenous child welfare in Canada.

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Nov 20, 2015

A letter from the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to work with his federal and provincial/territorial colleagues to address the dire situation of Indigenous child welfare in Canada.

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Nov 18, 2015

VICTORIA – Two announcements today are kick-starting the Youth Futures Education Fund (YFEF) to support former youth in care with living expenses while they pursue post-secondary education on a tuition waiver or bursary.

 

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Oct 28, 2015

 

STATEMENT FROM THE REPRESENTATIVE

 

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia has released his decision on the matter of the internal MCFD review directed by Robert Plecas. Chief Justice Hinkson found that Mr. Plecas had his status changed by government to that of a statutory reviewer under the CFCS Act on Aug. 10, 2015 when he was appointed a “Director” under the legislation, and as a result, his work is not open to judicial review. 

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Sep 9, 2015

On this Sept. 9, as we mark Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day, it is my sincere hope that British Columbians will take the time to stop and reflect. The date is significant. The ninth day of the ninth month of the year was chosen as international FASD Awareness Day to represent the critical nine months of pregnancy – the time when a mother must abstain from alcohol to protect her unborn baby.

The fact is that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can seriously harm an unborn child and create a lifelong disability. But as devastating as FASD is, it is also entirely preventable.

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Jul 24, 2015

The provincial government announced today that it has hired an external contractor to review “matters arising from Judge Walker’s recent B.C. Supreme Court ruling.”  Because this sort of contracted review is in my experience unprecedented, and to avoid public confusion given government’s use of the term “independent”, I wish to make it clear that the contracted process announced today is not one that is contemplated either by the Child, Family and Community Service Act (CFCS Act) or the Representative for Children and Youth Act (RCY Act).

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