Ignite Your Spirit 2 was a youth-led forum hosted by B.C.'s Representative for Children and Youth at Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island in August 2017 for Indigenous youth in care. The term "Ignite Your Spirit" is a reference to setting alight the passion within each person in order to advocate for change. The goal of the forum was to capture the realities experienced by Indigenous children and youth in B.C.'s child welfare system.
In this video, Representative for Children and Youth Bernard Richard tells the Social Media Youth Team about his three main priorities: to reduce the over-representation of Indigenous youth in care, to help kids transition out of care and to provide access to mental health services and substance abuse treatment.
In this second video in the series, our Social Media Youth Team spoke with the Representative for Children and Youth about his experiences at RCY. Bernard tells the team about his incredible first experience at Ignite Your Spirit and how important it is for children and youth to know that RCY exists and the advocacy services available.
When you call RCYBC, you will be connected with an advocate. Our advocates are here to help in dealing with your social worker, speaking up about your rights and your care and getting access to government services. We thought it would be fun to ask them some questions and introduce you to them.
Ever wonder what to do if you have a friend who needs help? Check out this short video and feel free to contact our advocates at BC's Office of the Representative for Children and Youth. You can call us, email us or find us online! Whatever works for you. :)
BC's Representative for Children and Youth (RCYBC) is an independent office of the Legislature. That means that we are not the government! RCYBC supports youth in care, young people and their families, and any children and youth who are not in government care but still require assistance in dealing with the government.