Entries by Marshall Watson

Relaunching The Federation’s Reconciliation Book Club

The Reconciliation Book Club is re-launching for 2019-2020 with a lineup of six more great books—both fiction and non-fiction. Check out the titles below and then sign up to participate using the form on the Reconciliation Book Club webpage! No matter where you are in your personal journey, we invite all staff from Federation member organizations […]

National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Final Report

Last week, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released its final report and 231 individual “Calls for Justice” directed at governments, institutions, social service providers, industries, and all Canadians. The Federation team is still working our way through the report, but we felt that it was important to add our voice to […]

Rick’s Submission to the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth

Earlier this month, The Federation made two written submissions to the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth—one by our Executive Director, Rick FitzZaland and one by our Director of Programs and Services, Rebecca Ataya Lang. Both were in response to the committee’s Special Project on Children and Youth with Neuro-diverse Special Needs and both are […]

Projects and Issues Update: Reimagining Community Inclusion & A New Community Social Services Sector Council

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of issues and meetings and consultations at The Federation. We’re continuing to work and advocate on many different fronts but there are two specific initiatives that I want to update members about this week—the Reimagining Community Inclusion initiative and the Community Social Services Health and Safety Council. Reimagining […]

Make Your Voice Heard: BC Budget Consultation Dates Announced

Last week, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services announced the dates and details for the Budget 2020 consultations. This year, the consultations have been moved forward significantly and will be taking place across BC during the month of June. This is an excellent opportunity to inform next year’s provincial budget and draw attention […]

Federation Research Bulletin: May 2019

This month’s research bulletin includes articles and reports about ways to improve outcomes in therapeutic residential care programs, models for reducing aggressive incidents in residential youth care, child-centred decision-making approaches, screening tools for vulnerable youth, and factors that strengthen support networks for youth aging out of care. It includes the following articles and summaries. Determinants […]

BC Child and Youth in Care Week

Last week at a meeting, I was introduced to someone who is currently studying social work. When I introduced myself and The Federation, the person I was speaking to exclaimed, “You signed my bursary cheque my first year of university! I am a recipient of the Federation’s bursary!” Meeting this person and hearing their story […]