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Closing the Circle
British Columbia cannot continue to do child and family welfare on the cheap.
The B.C. Liberal government has failed to prioritize proper funding
for services and supports for vulnerable children and their families for
the last decade.
Budget numbers speak for themselves. Since 2008, Ministry for
Children and Family Development (MCFD) funding has been cut by $44
million, before inflation.
In 2004/05, spending per capita on child, youth, and family services
in B.C. was $360. Today, it’s $287 – a cut of more than one-fifth – even
as the consumer price index rose by 17.3% during the same period.
Yet B.C. is experiencing increasing demand for child, youth, and family services.
Every year, MCFD provides services to around 155,000 children and
youth and their families—or about 17% of BC’s population under age 18.
The province’s child and youth population is projected to grow by an
estimated 27,000 over the next five years.
The complexity of support needs required continues to increase
because of persistent high childhood poverty, increased diagnoses of
complex physical and mental health disorders for at-risk children and
youth, and the unfortunate over-representation of Aboriginal youth in
B.C.’s social welfare system.
Solution: Increase funding to child, youth and family services in the short and long term to address staffing and other concerns
At minimum and in the short term, government should restore $44
million in MCFD funding cut between 2008/09 and 2013/14, and adjust this
amount for inflation.
Tell Christy Clark to Choose Children
Read the report
Canada's Residential Schools
The religious organizations that operated the schools — the Anglican Church of Canada, Presbyterian Church in Canada, United Church of Canada, Jesuits of English Canada and some Catholic groups — in 2015 expressed regret
for the “well-documented” abuses. The Catholic Church has never offered an official apology, something that Trudeau and others have repeatedly called for.
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Rebecca Tallbear entitled: “DNA, Blood, and Racializing the Tribe”, bearing out what I only inferred:
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