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 (subject to change):
Spring 2018 - Vancouver Island
Fall 2018 - Central Region
Winter 2018 - Lower Mainland
Spring 2019 - Okanagan
Summer 2019 - Interior Region
Fall 2019 - Northern Region
Winter 2019 - Coastal Region
Where we've been:
May 29, 2018 – Victoria Native Friendship Centre
May 30, 2018 – Victoria Native Friendship Centre
- Surrounded by Cedar - Victoria
- Foster Parent Support Services - Victoria
May 31, 2018 – South Island Wellness - Victoria
- Island Métis and Sooke Family Resources
June 1, 2018 – Hulitan Child and Family Services - Victoria
June 4-5, 2018 - Tillicum Lelum Friendship Centre - Nanaimo
June 7, 2018 - Lalum'utul'Smun'eem Child and Family Services - Duncan
- Hiiye'yu Lelum Friendship Centre - Duncan
June 8, 2018 - USMA - Port Alberni
For more information, or to book a tour stop, contact Aimee Oakes at Aimee.Oakes@rcybc.ca or call 1-800-476-3933