First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children have unique rights that deserve to be protected. Yet Indigenous peoples continue to face grave inequities in their access to education, health and social services that keep them from reaching their full potential.
Every child matters. And every child deserves to be heard. This National Child Day, walk the path of reconciliation by amplifying the voices of Indigenous youth and youth-serving organizations.
During the month of November, we encourage you to visit the websites and social pages of the following organizations. Every post you share helps promote the rights and well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children in Canada.
Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G) is a non-profit organization that is Indigenous owned and led by youth. The organization focuses on cultural support and empowerment programs and policies for youth, while being led by traditional knowledge and Elder guidance. Visit a7g.ca to learn more.
First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada
The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society helps to ensure the safety and well-being of First Nations youth and families through education initiatives and public policy campaigns. The organization also champions culturally-based equity and supports communities with quality resources. Visit fncaringsociety.com to learn more.
Future Ancestors Services Inc.
Indigenous and Black owned, Future Ancestors Services is a professional services social enterprise that is led by youth. The organization aims to advance climate justice and equity with a lens of anti-racism and ancestral accountability. Visit futureancestors.ca to learn more.
As a national Indigenous registered charity, Indspire invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. Through their work, the organization aims to ensure long-term benefits for these individual, their families and communities, as well as Canada. Visit indspire.ca to learn more.
Native Child & Family Services of Toronto
The Native Child & Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) supports children and families through holistic, culture-based programs and services. NCFST aims to provide a life of quality, well-being, healing and self-determination among the Toronto Native community. Visit nativechild.org to learn more.
Resources for Kids
In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) issued its report and Calls to Action, yet they remain largely unfulfilled. We believe that no child is too young to learn about and engage in acts of reconciliation. We urge Canadians to educate and engage children and youth in seeking redress and bringing about justice.
Don’t know where to start? Click here for a child- and youth-friendly version of the TRC’s Calls to Action created by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.
If you need support call 1-866-925-4419. The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of a residential “school” experience.