Weekly Update Blog

In a fast-paced sector constantly changing, our members need regular information and updates on policy changes, government priorities, research, and program updates. That’s why our Executive Director posts a sector update each week for all of our members. Those posts appear here the following week.

2021 Select Standing Committee Submission

Every year, The Federation makes an official submission and presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. This committee holds province-wide consultations on the upcoming provincial budget and this year The Federation made very clear what our priorities and recommendations were. Our submission and presentation highlighted both the strength and vulnerability of […]

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

What we are doing and what you can do… September 30th has been introduced as a National Day of Truth and Reconciliation by the federal government. The day—a new federal statutory holiday— has been created to give everyone an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the harmful legacy of the residential school system which more than […]

Projects and Issues Update: Subsidized Training, Specialized Homes and Support Services, Adolescent Health Survey

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of meetings and announcements and consultations and issue management at The Federation. We are continuing to work and advocate on many different fronts on behalf of you, our members, while also supporting you through the fourth wave of the pandemic and the rollout of vaccine cards and […]

Transformative Reconciliation

Apply to participate in the program’s next cohort! Last year, The Federation partnered with Dr. Dustin Louie from the University of Calgary to offer a cohort-based, year-long program called Transformative Reconciliation in Community Social Services. The program was designed to provide a more intensive learning program for members and community partners who want to deepen […]

Projects & Issues Update: Mental Health Budget, Master Insurance Plan, Round Table, Health & Safety Council

Over the past 18 months, the entire Federation team has been focusing a lot of time and energy on supporting you and your organizations through the chaos and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, there are many other very important issues and projects and events that we continue to track and move […]

Support to Practice Training

New Fall Cohorts Open for Registration In the spring, The Federation launched the latest iteration of our regional training opportunities for members, allies, and partners across the sector—Support to Practice training for staff in supervisory roles. While these regional training opportunities began in-person, across the province with a series of Cultural Safety Training Sessions led […]

Join the Reconciliation Book Club

Take another step toward reconciliation You have probably heard, over the past few years, Federation staff and board members speaking about our organization’s commitment to reconciliation and resurgence. Most of you probably know that The Federation has MOU’s with the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and the Métis Nation British Columbia. This month, Riley […]

Youth Education Bursary Awards 2021

A personal thank you and a call for donations Each year, when The Federation’s Youth Education Bursary Committee reviews the application from dedicated and deserving young people beginning or continuing their post-secondary education, the committee members get to read a short essay by each applicant detailing their educational goals, their life history, and the reasons […]

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Monday, June 21 is National Indigenous People’s Day—a chance to recognize, honour, and celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples! This year, in light of the findings of children buried on the sites of former residential schools, the increased attention on Canada’s legacy of colonial violence, the […]

Statement of Acknowledgement and Support

On behalf of the staff and board of The Federation of Community Social Services of BC, we want to extend our love and support to the families, communities, and Elders who are hurting as a result of the discovery last week in Kamloops and continue to suffer the ongoing effects of Canada’s Residential School System. […]