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Letter calling for an end to the three-month wait period for health care

Letters and Submissions

In January 2020, West Coast LEAF added our voice to the call by Sanctuary City Vancouver and many other groups to end the three-month waiting period to access health care for people entering or returning to Canada. Read our Read More

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RELEASE: Budget 2020: Province committed to staying the course, but leaves many behind

In The Media

For immediate release – February 18, 2020 VICTORIA – Today, the provincial government released Budget 2020. While we are pleased that this budget is aimed at holding the course on earlier commitments, it still leaves BC’s most marginalized residents Read More

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Joint letter on Bill S-3 and Indian status registration for First Nations women and their descendants

Letters and Submissions

Twenty organizations and individuals sent a letter to the Canadian government expressing concerns about a lack of information and delays regarding the registration process for First Nations women and their descendants who are newly entitled to status because of Read More

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We’ll be at the BC Human Rights Tribunal to highlight impacts of discrimination in the child welfare system

West Coast LEAF News

Beginning on Tuesday, February 18, the BC Human Rights Tribunal will begin hearing a complaint brought by an Indigenous mother, known as R.R., against the Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (“VACFSS”), an agency delegated to administer parts Read More

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Joint letter on the process and timelines for the National Action Plan on Violence against Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People

Letters and Submissions

In February 2020, more than 20 individuals and organizations signed a letter calling on the federal government to change its approach to implementing the National Action Plan to ensure that it is led by Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit Read More

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2020 Media Coverage

In The Media

At West Coast LEAF, we’re proud to make the news regularly, to share our expertise widely, and ultimately to shift public opinion, laws, and policies. Here’s some of what we’ve been up to in 2020!   January “These Policies Read More

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Court Upholds Youth’s Access to Gender-Affirming Healthcare

West Coast LEAF News

On January 10, the BC Court of Appeal released its judgment in a case concerning the ability of a youth, who is now 15 years old, to consent to gender-affirming healthcare that is supported by his mother and his Read More

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Submission on regulating health professions

Letters and Submissions

In January 2020, West Coast LEAF provided input on modernizing BC’s regulation of health professions to address sexual violence in a consistent and comprehensive way. Our recommendations included undertaking a meaningful and accessible consultation process (including with survivors of Read More