Apr 27

Hiring Care is an audio drama inquiry created from one-on-one conversations with 10 child and youth care practitioners (CYCPs) “from care” (CYCPfC). Most of the script is verbatim, meaning the words spoken by the actors are (mostly) re-enactments of what CYCPfC said in the conversations. The conversations have been re-arranged and different CYCPfC have been put into relationships with each other, even though they never actually spoke with each other during the recorded conversations. Three of the characters (B, Ellisha, and Terri) are composites of two different people.

Hiring Care is constructed as a conversation between a group of seven CYCPs “from care” (CYCPfC) who are meeting to talk about creating a way to support agencies who want to hire practitioners with child welfare experience. This frame for the structure came out of an idea mentioned by one of the conversationalists (Charlotte), who said she and some of her colleagues “wanted to create a booklet about how to support someone with lived experience in care in your organization, who works for you”. Hiring Carehas seven different episodes, each one introduced by a different character and addressing different themes, although there are some overlaps between the different episodes.

While the script follows a chronological order, it is not necessary to listen to them in a particular order. You might find it more relevant to pick specific themes (identified with each episode) and listen to that particular conversation.

To learn more about the project, please visit www.TuningIntoCYC.org

Charlie challenges the group to think beyond their understandings regarding the benefits of being from care, and pushes the white CYCPfC to think of the cultural costs for Indigenous and other racialized young people incurred by going into child protection services.


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Apr 01

On Episode 11 of the #RisingYouth Podcast Jade Roberts Talks with Alexandra Jarret about their project The Art and Hip-Hop Show! This is a roaming local show that Alexandra and facilities to help connect students to art and art resources through means of donations and grants provided by the community. They’ve been doing this for several years and we hop to see many more projects!

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Feb 12

On this episode of Your Right to Speak Salvatore talks with RudeGang Entertainment. Rudegang Entertainment is an Indigenous Hip Hop & Multimedia group based in the Greater Vancouver Area, B.C. In the conversation RudeGang members discuss music, advocacy, inspiring young people, and resisting colonialism.

Be Sure to check out Their new single Tides on Soundcloud

Follow Rudegang Entertainment on Instagram @RudegangEnt and be sure to check out #RisingYouth and the grants we provide at www.risingyouth.ca

Let’s Raise Awareness together! 

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Feb 05

On this week’s episode of the #RisingYouth Podcast, Jade Roberts Host of Still Here Still healing sits down with Mackenzie talking about her contribution to the Red Dress Project. Mackenzie our Alumni was inspired by the work Jamie Black, the Red Dress project is a response to the more than 1000 indigenous women who are missing or have been murdered in Canada. Symbolizing the indigenous women who are stolen from their families, an arrangement of red dresses are displayed in a public place. Mackenzie brought the project to her hometown of Fort McMurray to help raise awareness and educate other youth.


For more information regarding to help turn a passion into action visit: https://www.risingyouth.ca/

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Dec 25
This conversation with Michael Furdyk and Jennifer Corriero introduces an exciting new pilot partnership between CYC Podcast and #Rising Youth (https://www.risingyouth.ca/) a project of Taking it Global (https://www.tigweb.org/). Jennifer and Michael introduce #Rising Youth TakingItGlobal, speak about some of the projects they support, and why we are doing this collaboration. We also talk about the politics of language when creating podcasts in a multi-lingual country. 
Starting in January, CYC Podcast will start doing a French language podcast each month, we will also be doing bilingual podcasts, and will be working towards providing transcripts of the podcasts in at least two languages. By February we will increase our schedule to deliver a podcast every Wednesday, hosted by a variety of people. Salvatore will continue on the 2nd Wednesday of the month and Wolfgang will still be on the last Wednesday. We will be adding new hosts on the 1st, 3rd (and when there are 5 Wednesday’s, the 4th) Wednesday of each month.
We are excited about these changes and look forward to developing new, diverse, and engaging conversations in the coming months.

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Jan 30

In this episode Marleigh Pirnasar talks about working in Northern Quebec after growing up, going to school, and becoming a CYC in southern Ontario. She explains how she had to reckon with her southern geographical privilege, differentiates between cultural competency, cultural humility, and cultural safety, and discusses the necessity of understanding self when working in cultures different from one’s own.

Marleigh Pirnasar is a Child and Youth Care Practitioner who works in Nunavik, northern Quebec.

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Dec 12

This episode of Your Right to Speak is a press conference recording that took place on November 29, 2018 organized by the Ontario Children’s Advocacy Coalition. The press conference was in response to a recent decision by the Provincial Government. Below is a press release from the Ontario Children’s Advocacy Coalition regarding the Government’s Decision:

“On November 15, 2018, the Ontario Government announced its intention to discontinue the Ontario Child Advocate’s Office (OCA; formerly known as Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth). This Office ensures young people have a voice about things that affect their lives. This decision is especially devastating for young people living on the margins, Black youth, Indigenous youth, young people living in the care of public institutions like child welfare or youth justice and those with special challenges or disabilities.

The current Ontario government has said that they will transfer some of the functions of the Office of the Child Advocate to the Ombudsman of Ontario, a much larger office that deals with consumer complaints by adults in a wide range of public services, but that has no experience dealing with child welfare, child and youth mental health and youth justice sectors. Young people involved in those sectors are unfamiliar with the Ombudsman, and there are no opportunities for a collective voice. The Child Advocates Office would be subsumed under an institution that deals solely with adults. An independent Office must be maintained to ensure the appropriate support and care of Ontario’s most vulnerable children and youth.

Presently, the Provincial Child Advocate was chosen and appointed by an all-party Committee of the legislature and he reports directly to the legislature through the speaker. This is to ensure that his Office remains independent and is not unduly influenced by the government or at risk of reprisals for releasing reports to the public that are critical of the government’s performance, particularly as it relates to children in its care. Bill 57 introduced by the Progressive Conservative Government would cut three legislative officers which includes the Ontario Child Advocate. Disrupting the independence and authority of the Child Advocate who represents the most vulnerable children and youth in the province without thoughtful consideration of the facts or thorough public consultation demonstrates an unconscionable breach of power.”

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Jan 25

This episode is a conversation with Dr. Tuhinul Islam about the new book he co-edited called Residential Child and Youth Care in a Developing World- Global Perspectives. This important book is the first of a four volume set, looking at residential care around the world. Dr. Islam is a Social Work, child rights activist, researcher and academic from Bangladesh. Currently he is a research Fellow at the Northern University Bangladesh. Dr. Islam has been on the podcast before speaking about his research on residential care in Bangladesh. You can find that conversation at http://www.cycpodcast.org/e/residential-childcare-in-bangladesh-a-conversation-with-tuhinul-islam-1430240440/


Next week, we will post a conversation with the co-editor, Dr. Leon Fulcher.

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Oct 30

In Canada there was recently a United Nations special rapporteur who looked at the situation of Aboriginal people in Canada. At the end of his visit he is quoted as saying “From all I learned, I can only conclude that Canada faces a crises when it comes to the situation of indigenous peoples of the country”. Canada is not alone. In this podcast Daniel Wolfshadow Winkler talks about the history of Native people in the USA, the impact of this history on Native youth and culturally specific responses to address these impacts. Daniel WofShadow is the Director of Native American programs at Natchez Trace Youth Academy. He is a member of the Lakota Nation and has spent his career working with Native youth who have been identified as “at risk”.

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Sep 26

Today’s podcast is with Faisal Abu Aiheja of The Freedom Theatre located within the Jenin Refugee Camp in the West Bank. The Freedom Theatre is cultural centre that works with children, youth and adults "in which they are free to express themselves, to explore their creativity and emotions through culture and arts” (http://www.thefreedomtheatre.org). Faisal speaks about the experiences of young people growing up in Palestine and the work that the freedom theatre does to support these children and youth.

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Aug 01

This interview is with Jamal Alkirnawi, Jamal talks about working with young Bedouins in the Negev desert of southern Israel. Jamal discusses the New Dawn, an organization he started to address multiple needs of this population. He also speaks about his work with young Arab university students and the challenges many young people face transitioning from a semi-nomadic collectivist society.

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