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Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA) Affiliation of over 75 multicultural agencies providing immigrant settlement and multicultural services in BC BC - Province Wide
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centers Umbrella association of 23 friendship centers throughout BC that provide services to Aboriginal communities in an urban setting. BC - Province Wide
BC Center for Safe Schools Provides resources, fact sheets and conducts research to assist parents, students, or professionals who work with preschoolers to young adults. BC - Province Wide
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities Support people, regardless of their disability, to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in society. BC - Province Wide
BC Federation for Youth in Care Networks Provides programs, services, learning opportunities and opportunities to network for youth in and from government care in BC BC - Province Wide
BC Healthy Communities Supports community groups and local governments to assess, enhance and mobilize the capacities they need to continually create and improve community well-being. BC - Province Wide
BC Human Rights Coalition Provide educational, legal assistance, and mediation services for people in BC with respect to their human rights under the provincial and federal human rights legislation, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms BC - Province Wide
BC Ministry of Aboriginal Relations Initiates and promotes innovative approaches to Aboriginal policy and is BC's representative for all treaty negotiations. BC - Province Wide
BC Ministry of Attorney General The law officer for the Crown in BC and has a legal duty to see that the administration of public affairs is in accordance with the law. BC - Province Wide
BC Ministry of Children and Family Development Promotes and develops the capacity of families and communities to care for and protect vulnerable children and youth, and supports healthy child and family development to maximize the potential of every child in B.C. BC - Province Wide
BC Ministry of Education (BC) Creates educational goals and strategies through working with school boards and community groups to ensure that K - 12 students in BC are able to reach their full potential. BC - Province Wide
BC Ministry of Health Services Overall responsibility for ensuring that quality, appropriate, cost effective and timely health services are available to all British Columbians. BC - Province Wide
BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General Works to maintain and enhance public safety in every community across the province. BC - Province Wide
BC Ministry of Solicitor General - Victim's Services Offers help to victims and witnesses of crime. BC - Province Wide
BC Ombudsman Receives enquiries and complaints about the practices and services of public agencies within its jurisdiction. BC - Province Wide
BC School Districts Education to Kindergarten to grade 12. It also provides educational programs and services to full-time Adult Education and Continuing Education students. BC - Province Wide
BC Sunnyhill/Children's Hospital Provides expert medical care for the province’s most seriously ill or injured children. BC - Province Wide
BC Teacher's Federation Union of professionals representing 41,000 public school teachers in the province of British Columbia, Canada. BC - Province Wide
Big Brothers Offer friendship-based mentoring programs for boys and girls and provide volunteer opportunities for men and women. BC - Province Wide
Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland Committed to enhancing the confidence, self-esteem and well-being of girls through supportive friendships with caring women BC - Province Wide
Boys and Girls Club Provides a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life. BC - Province Wide
Britannia Community Services Centre Develops, coordinates and supports a wide range of programs and services for Grandview-Woodland and Strathcona, by working with community members, partners, and local agencies. BC - Lower Mainland
Broadway Youth Resource Centre An integrated one-stop centre that provides a wide range of social, health, education, employment and life skills services to homeless and at-risk youth between the ages of 12 and 24. BC - Lower Mainland
Canadian Children's Rights Council A non-profit, non governmental, educational and advocacy organization dedicated to supporting the rights and responsibilities of Canadian children and providing critical analysis of governments' policies at all levels of government in Canada. Canada - National
Canadian Coalition on the Rights of the Child Network of Canadian organizations and individuals who promote respect for the rights of children through the exchange of information; public education materials about the Convention on the Rights of the Child; monitor implementation of the Convention in Canada; and engage in dialogue with government officials on child rights issues. Canada - National
Canadian Heritage Deliver policies and programs related to broadcasting and interactive media, arts and cultural industries, heritage objects and spaces, official languages, citizenship participation and identity, human rights, Aboriginal Peoples, youth and sport initiatives, as well as national ceremonies and symbols. Canada - National
Canadian Human Rights Commission Empowered by the Canadian Human Rights Act to investigate and try to settle complaints of discrimination in employment and in the provision of services within federal jurisdiction. Canada - National
Canadian Red Cross RespectED: Child Abuse and Violence Prevention Program Provides prevention education workshops, online courses, peer-to-peer antibully programs, and materials to children, youth and adults. Canada - National
Cape Breton Center for Child Rights The focus of the Centre is on child rights research, education, student training, and advocacy activities. Nova Scotia
Caring for First Nations Children Society Protects and fosters the well being of First Nations and Aboriginal people by reaffirming traditions, and through effective child and family service delivery that empower the voices of First Nations and Aboriginal peoples. BC - Vancouver Island
Centre for Child-Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility (CCR CSR) Works to achieve permanent improvements in children’s lives by facilitating collaboration between all parts of society that can help bring about the necessary changes, and by helping businesses respect and promote child-rights. Asia
Child and Youth Friendly Communities Calgary Provides youth the opportunity to volunteer, serve on steering committees, voice their opinions to business leaders and politicians, learn about the diversity in their community, serve on a youth foundation and develop citizenship skills. Alberta
Child Rights Information Network Empowers the global child rights community through the exchange of information and the promotion of children's rights. Europe
Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC Promotes and supports quality community-based child care services that benefit children, families and the public and in the best interests of society. BC - Province Wide
Covenant House Vancouver Youth community support services which provides street outreach, a non-residential drop-in program, a 54 bed 24-hour crisis shelter, and Rights of Passage, ROP, a 6- 24 months transitional living program). BC - Lower Mainland
Developmental Disabilities Association Developmental Disabilities Association supports people with developmental disabilities to reach their full potential and is one of the largest daycare providers in the Lower Mainland. BC - Province Wide
Early Childhood Australia Early childhood advocacy organization, acting in the interests of young children, their families and those in the early childhood field. Australia
Environmental Youth Alliance Implement community driven projects with a mission to engage youth in the inner city and recognize youth as assets and leaders in building healthy communities. BC - Lower Mainland
Equitas Offers human rights education and capacity building programs, assists with civil society and government participation in human rights in Canada and abroad. International
Family Services of Greater Vancouver Offers professional counselling, therapy, education, advocacy, planning, and other supportive services to children and adults. BC - Lower Mainland
Family Support Institute Provincial (BC) organization whose purpose is to strengthen and support families faced with the extraordinary circumstances that come with having a family member who has a disability. BC - Province Wide
Federation of Community Social Services of BC Represents membership of BC agencies who offer a broad range of services to community members such as people living with physical and mental challenges, vulnerable children, youth and seniors, new immigrants, people living with addictions / mental health and those living in poverty. BC - Province Wide
First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition Creates resources, conducts research and hosts a coalition of over 90 provincial/regional partner organizations to advocate for the wellbeing of children. BC - Province Wide
Free the Children World’s largest network of children helping children through education, with more than one million youth involved in education and development programs in 45 countries. Canada - National
Health Link BC Provides British Columbians with trusted health information via phone BC - Province Wide
Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) Group that conducts research and connects researchers who focus on early child development as a determinant of long-term health outcomes in British Columbia. BC - Province Wide
Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) International organization that supports human rights learning; the training of activists and professionals; the development of educational materials and programming; and community-building through on-line technologies. Europe
Human Rights Resource Center Creates and distributes Human Rights Education (HRE) resources via electronic and print media. USA
Immigrant Services Society The society provides a variety of services to Lower Mainland immigrant and refugee communities. BC - Province Wide
Infant Development Program of BC Family-centered, home-based program that serves children from birth to 3 years, who are at risk for, or who already have a delay in development. BC - Province Wide
International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) Organization that conducts research, runs projects and creates resources locally and internationally with the aim of advancing the quality of life and development of vulnerable children around the globe. BC - Province Wide
International Play Association: Promoting the Child's Right to play International organization that provides a forum for exchange and action across disciplines and across sectors to protect, preserve and promote the child’s right to play as a fundamental human right. International
Justice Education Society of BC Provides hands-on, targeted, two-way education between the public and those working in the justice system. BC - Province Wide
KAYA (Knowledgeable Aboriginal Youth Association) KAYA advocates for Aboriginal Youth representation and participation in the community. BC - Province Wide
Landon Pearson Resource Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children's Rights Facilitates the development of initiatives and projects dedicated to the advancement and betterment of the lives of children. Canada - National
Lillooet Restorative Justice Program (email address) Offers a community based justice process and restorative justice facilitator training. BC - Interior
Leave Out ViolencE (LOVE) LOVE is a program that prevents youth violence by training youth to lead a movement against it BC - Lower Mainland
McCreary Centre Society Conducts community-based research and projects addressing current youth health issues of young people in BC. BC - Province Wide
Minnesota Human Rights Education Center This is My Home is a human rights education resource and toolkit for primary and secondary students, which seeks to create peaceful, effective, and fun learning environments for all to excel in Minnesota schools. USA
Options Organization that provides a range of health related services ranging from housing to mental health services. BC - Province Wide
Options for Sexual Health Provides comprehensive education, information, support for sexual expression and reproductive choice, and confidential clinical services that help British Columbians enjoy healthy sexuality throughout life. BC - Province Wide
PeerNet BC Provides support and resources to peer groups and peer-led initiatives across BC. BC - Province Wide
PLAY Victoria - Partnership in Learning & Advocacy for Young Children Provides links to research, networking opportunities and works actively to advocate for children and their early development. BC - Vancouver Island
Plea Provides support and service to children, youth, adults and families who face significant challenges in their communities through Volunteer Mentoring, Addiction, Residential Care, Youth Justice, Youth Outreach, School & Work and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). BC - Province Wide
Public Guardian and Trustee Provides services to clients through three broad operational program areas: Child and Youth Services; Services to Adults; and Estate and Personal Trust Services. BC - Province Wide
Public Health Agency of Canada Agency that works actively to promote health, prevent and control chronic and infectious disease and respond to public health emergencies. Canada - National
Qmunity Gab Youth (HAS HELP LINE) Provides information, support, referrals, education workshops, and a safe place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, intersex, queer, questioning (queer) youth 25 years of age and under and their allies. BC - Lower Mainland
Reel Youth Media empowerment program supporting young people to create and distribute films about their visions for a more just and sustainable world. BC - Province Wide
Representative for Children and Youth of BC Supports children, youth and families who need help in dealing with the child welfare system, provides oversight to the Ministry of Children and Family Development and advocates for improvements to the child welfare system. BC - Province Wide
Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE) Offers responsible investment services to help investors integrate environmental, social and governance issues into their investment management process. BC - Province Wide
Society for Children and Youth of BC Organization that advocates for the rights of children through conducting research, developing toolkits, engaging youth and public campaigns. BC - Province Wide
UBC School of Nursing Research, scholarship and education to professional nursing practice. BC - Province Wide
UNICEF Upholds the Convention on the Rights of the Child through monitoring, advocacy, youth involvement, empowerment programs, research and policy development in 190 countries. International
United Nations Association of BC - Vancouver Chapter Organization promoting UN programs and activities within BC BC - Lower Mainland
United Native Nations Formed in order to address the political and socio-economic concerns of Non-status aboriginals in British Columbia. BC - Province Wide
United Way Runs community programs, manages volunteers and raises funds across Canada to support local charities that work to strengthen their communities and improve quality of life for Canadians. Canada - National
Urban Native Youth Association Runs a range of day and residential programs to address issues and promote the well being of Native youth. BC - Lower Mainland
Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (VACFSS) Offers a programs and services to support Aboriginal children and families in overcoming their challenges and stay connected to their cultures. BC - Lower Mainland
Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Responsible for maintaining public park space and community centers as well as developing and delivering services and programs to diverse communities across the city of Vancouver. BC - Lower Mainland
Vancouver Foundation Canada's largest community foundation that supports charities and communities through grants and management of endowment funds BC - Lower Mainland
Victoria Legal Rights Helps people with legal problems and protecting the rights of socially and economically disadvantaged Victorians. BC - Vancouver Island
West Coast Leaf Offers equality rights litigation, law reform and public legal education. BC - Lower Mainland
Women's World Summit Foundation A humanitarian, secular, non-governmental and international, non-profit organization with United Nations consultative status, works for a new development paradigm with and for women and children. International
YMCA (Canada) A charity dedicated to the health of both individuals and communities with a focus on inclusiveness and accessibility, serving people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through all stages of life. Canada - National
Youth in Care Network (Canada) National network that exists to voice the opinions and concerns of youth in and from care and promote the improvement of services for this group. Canada - National
YouthCO AIDS Society Run by and for youth between the ages of 15 and 29; programming involves providing support and prevention/education on issues associated with HIV & AIDS. BC - Lower Mainland
YWCA (Canada) Provider of shelter to women, children and teens, childcare services, and literacy, life skills, employment and counselling programs. Canada - National