The Advocacy Committee actively encourages members to be involved in
advocacy work by acting individually, using material on the website or
working with their home branch to meet with local MLAs and MPs to increase
awareness of our concerns.
Ideally we would like to advocate in all our practice areas: child and
family welfare, health, schools, services for older Canadians, addictions,
disabilities, and mental health as well as on issues that affect us all such
as poverty or culturally-based service.
The BCASW Advocacy Committee invites you to join the Call for a Comprehensive Poverty Reduction Strategy for B.C.
Here are two actions that you can take:
- Email the Premier through the BC Poverty Reduction Coaliton website, adding your name to the list of people calling for change.
- Send a letter calling for a comprehensive poverty strategy for BC to the premier and to your MLA, preferably both. Download a sample draft of a letter that you can use.
Thanks for your time, and your support, and your ongoing social work.
BCASW Advocacy Committee
The following sites provide contact information for community newspapers.
http://www.onlinenewspapers.com Go to Canada, then BC
Advocacy Toolkit for Social Workers
Not for profit and agency management is changing faster than ever, so it’s important to present your messages succinctly and effectively in order to influence decision-makers, attract funders and fulfill commitments to stakeholders. The toolkit, prepared for BCASW members, offers practical approaches to delivering your message to the media, public, and government.
Cindy Blackstock (from Gitxsan territory) and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society won a nine year battle in front of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.
The Tribunal agreed that the federal government, through the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, was funding social service programs on reserves at 22-34% below similar programs in the rest of Canada and thus was violating the human rights of Indigenous Canadians and practising institutional racism on a national scale. The Globe and Mail reported on January 27th that the result was that “many children were denied proper care and many parents were denied a livable income.” It was estimated in 2012 that it would take $109 million a year to close the gap.
The Tribunal has asked the government for an immediate removal of the most discriminatory aspects of the funding and also for the proper implementation of Jordan’s Principle: that Indigenous children should have the same access to services as other Canadian children without delays caused by jurisdictional disputes between governments.
Minister of Indigenous Affairs Carolyn Bennett has committed to resolving the problem and said she will be judged on her ability to get more First Nations children out of foster care. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould was quoted in the Globe on January 26th as saying “We can and must do better, and we will renovate the child-welfare system in this country.”
Please consider sending a letter to the Minister to show your support as a social worker for both the Tribunal’s finding and the government’s speedy action. View a template letter.
Don’t forget to copy Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and your Member of Parliament.
The children and families we work with may not be in a position to thank you but the BC Association of Social Workers’ Advocacy Committee does. We are organizing for lots of supportive letters flowing into Ottawa from BC on this issue and we’d be delighted if yours was one of them.
Want to learn more? Check out fncaringsociety.com. Thanks for taking the time to consider this. If you have any questions about it, please let me know.
Robert Hart on behalf of the Advocacy Committee
Had a frustrating day?
Take a mental health break and a few minutes to send a letter to the new federal government. View a template letter.
As part of the recent election, the Liberals promised to develop a national poverty reduction strategy and they appear to be serious about making good on that promise. Letters to politicians are usually to object to something so it’s a nice change to applaud them for a good idea.
And a good idea it is. As social workers we are highly aware of the influence that poverty has on our work. It creates much of it and undercuts it at the same time. An effective federal plan would have a big effect.
So please take a minute to send this to the Minister concerned. Don’t forget to copy Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and your Member of Parliament. Their email address can be found here.
The people on whose behalf you work may not be in a position to thank you but the BC Association of Social Workers’ Advocacy Committee does. We are organizing for hundreds of letters flowing into Ottawa from BC on this issue and we’d be delighted if yours was one of them.
Thanks for taking the time to consider this. If you have any questions about it, please let me know.
Robert Hart on behalf of the Advocacy Committee