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A call to reopen Ontario schools
Ontario's decision not to reopen schools pits children against the economy 

The Ontario government announced yesterday that students will not return to in-class learning before September, meanwhile plans to reopen the economy – including non-essential businesses – are still underway.

Children First Canada calls upon the Ontario government to make children and youth a priority and reopen schools. Children need access to in-person learning not only for their education, but also nutritional programs, physical activity, social and emotional support, and safeguards against abuse that they desperately need.

On May 29, the Ontario Science Table issued a joint statement with the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health (on behalf of all Medical Officers of Health), children’s hospitals and child health agencies calling for a regional reopening of schools. Yesterday’s decision to keep schools closed but reopen non-essential businesses ignores that advice and sends a clear message that children are not a priority.

“It is a false dichotomy to pit children against the economy. The decision to keep schools closed represents a colossal failure that jeopardizes the health and well-being of the children and youth who call Ontario home,” says Sara Austin, founder and CEO of Children First Canada. 

Click the button below to read our full statement.

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An open letter to the Ontario government
It's time for kids to safely return to school
In a recent open letter to government leaders in Ontario, CFC joins doctors and advocates for children and youth in calling for schools to be re-opened immediately.

"The impact of school closures and the resulting social isolation on the health and well‐being of children and youth has become impossible to ignore. Getting Ontario’s students back into the classroom, with appropriate safety measures in place, for the remainder of this school year and for summer learning must be a priority now." 

Click the button below to read the full letter. 
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Alberta panel to assess COVID-19 impact on kids
The Alberta government has announced new plans to address the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and youth. The Child and Youth Well-Being Review panel will hear from a variety of experts, including educators, health care professionals, parents and students. Based on the evidence presented, they will determine how best to support the urgent needs of young people – both now and into the future – and provide recommendations to the government this fall. 
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June is National Indigenous History Month
Honouring Indigenous Peoples
June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. This is a time to reflect upon and learn the history, diversity and contributions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.

Here are some Indigenous-led organizations to consider following and amplifying on Twitter:

First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada
@CaringSociety
@SpiritBear

Native Child & Family Services of Toronto
@NCFST

A7G
@A7G_Official

Indspire
@Indspire

Future Ancestors Services Inc.
@AncestorsFuture

Your voice matters. Join the movement! Apply by June 6.
3 days left to apply for the YCP!
(le français suit)
Do you know a youth who wants to make a difference for their generation? The Young Canadians’ Parliament (YCP) is a growing movement of young people under 18 who are speaking up for their rights at the highest levels of government.

Concerned a young person will lose necessary income in order to attend? We have an income replacement fund available for those who qualify. Invite a youth to apply today!

Il reste 3 jours pour postuler au PJC!
Connaissez-vous un jeune qui veut faire une différence pour sa génération ? Le Parlement des jeunes canadiens (PJC) est un mouvement croissant de jeunes de moins de 18 ans qui défendent leurs droits aux plus hauts niveaux du gouvernement.

Vous craignez qu'un jeune perde le revenu nécessaire pour être présent ? Nous avons un fonds de remplacement du revenu disponible pour ceux qui sont admissibles. Invitez un jeune à poser sa candidature dès aujourd'hui !
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Help us win $20,000. #GivingChallengeCA
The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is on!
This month, every $1 you donate to Children First Canada enters us for a chance to win $20,000! The more you give, the more chances for us to win! Your donation will support our programs to advocate for the health and well-being of children and youth across the country.
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Kamil Kanji
Our team is growing
We are pleased to announce that Kamil Kanji has joined the CFC team as Program Planner - Special Events for the summer. Kamil has been involved in youth leadership and advocacy initiatives for several years and also serves as a member of our Youth Advisory Council. His experience in various roles, including Co-chair of the Calgary Mayor's Youth Council, has allowed him to serve in many capacities at the local, provincial, national and international levels. Please join us in welcoming Kamil to the team!
How to talk to children about death
How to talk to children about death
Death can be a strange and terrifying thing for children to understand. Read our latest blog for tips on how to talk to children about death, so you can help empower them and remove fear.
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