Episode 5: All my kids in care


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For this episode, our three Indigenous youth hosts talk about the issues that matter to them on this National Aboriginal Day. ----- Terms, people and projects mentioned in this episode Fostering Change initiative: A campaign run by the Vancouver Foundation to make the transition youth in foster care at 19 (often directly into homelessness) more successful (fosteringchange.ca) Support the 700 petition: A petition by Fostering Change asking candidates in the 2017 provincial election to commit to supporting youth in government care (fosteringchange.ca/supportthe700) Collective Impact: A group of youth and adults working collectively to improve foster care in BC, organized through McCreary Centre Society (mcs.bc.ca/ci_mainpage) Connect to Thrive: A program to give youth aging out of foster care at 19 a ‘care package’ of pots, pans and other household items to make that transition easier MCFD: Ministry of Children and Family Development, the BC government ministry responsible for youth in foster care and other types of government care (www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/) Youth in care: BC children and teens living in government care, such as group homes and foster families Kanata festival: June 19-July 1, 2017, downtown Vancouver (kanatafestival.com) Kamloopa: A cultural festival for Indigenous youth and families held each year in Kamloops (facebook.com/events/303190026803688/) Housing First: A program that aims to reduce homelessness for youth aging out of foster care (auntleahs.org/services/housing/housing-first/) Mestiza: Mixed Indigenous ancestry (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mestizo) Gitxsan: Skeena County Indigenous (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gitxsan) Stephanie Cadieux, BC’s Minister of Child and Family Development (2012-present) Intergenerational trauma: the idea that pain and other effects of trauma are passed down from generation to generation because healing takes time Kinship care: A system of care in which, typically, grandparents raise a child removed from their parents (https://www.change.org/p/premier-christy-clark-improve-support-for-kinship-caregivers) Jordan’s Principle: The legal requirement that all Canadian children be given equal access to all public services (firstcallbc.org/news/celebrate-bear-witness-day-may-10/) Cindy Blackstock: Human rights activist and executive director of the First Nations Caring Society (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cindy_Blackstock) Reconciliation: A process of restoring mutual respect between cultures, and acknowledging and remedying Canada’s history of colonialism and its impact on Indigenous people UNYA: Urban Native Youth Association (http://www.unya.bc.ca/) YAC: Youth Advisory Council (http://www.mcs.bc.ca/yac) ----- Disclaimer Views expressed in this podcast belong to individuals themselves, and do not necessarily represent positions held by First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition or its member organizations. ----- Acknowledgments This episode was recorded on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. Thank you to the staff at the VPL Inspiration Lab, and hosts of this episode of As Word Spreads: Shae, Jess Boon and Chris Tait. ----- This episode features: Basic Implosion Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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