School District 58 looking to create single attendance policy.
As it sits, superintendent Stephen McNiven says schools in the district each operate under different policies.
"Priority number one is that students don’t fall through the cracks. Perhaps stating in policy that there is a period of time where a check-in is done. Every student, and situation is different, and sometimes attendance is a symptom of something else. So, it's hard to put it all in policy, but from a district perspective, we want to make sure we are checking on kids when attendance becomes a problem."
Under the current Local Education Agreement, McNiven says parents are not required to be notified until their child has missed 15 days.
BC launching Indigenous cancer strategy to increase survival rates.
It's a partnership involving the Health Ministry and five agencies, three of which are led by Indigenous communities.
Annette Morgan, president of the B-C Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, says systemic racism has kept people from accessing health care and that has delayed diagnosis and care.
Morgan says an Indigenous cancer strategy must be a "two-way street."
"Yes, we need to increase Indigenous cancer screenings. And, just as importantly we need the healthcare system accessible to us, and accountable to us, for providing culturally safe services. Healthcare workers have a responsibility to change their behaviour, to make services safe for us, so we are not avoiding healthcare services all together."
BC joins Ontario as the second jurisdiction in Canada with an Indigenous cancer care strategy.