First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition

First Call grew out of the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). When Canada ratified the UNCRC in 1991, its advocates gathered in a national conference and agreed that it was time to give children a first call on resources and on advocacy efforts.


First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition is a non-partisan coalition of 101 provincial and regional organizations who have united their voices to put children and youth first in BC through public education, community mobilization, and public policy advocacy.


Coalition members work together to make sure all BC’s children and youth benefit from the 4 Keys to Success for Children and Youth:

  1. A strong commitment to early childhood development
  2. Support in transitions from childhood to youth and adulthood
  3. Increased economic equality
  4. Safe and caring communities

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