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Senator Jim Munson retires from the Senate  

Affectionately known as the “Children’s Senator,” Jim Munson officially retired from the Senate this month after 17 years of service. Over the years, he has passionately advocated for the rights of children, youth and people with disabilities in Canada. As the senator representing Ottawa and Rideau Hall, his tireless efforts have significantly advanced the rights of young people. In recent years, he has advocated for a national autism strategy and worked to establish Kindness Week in Canada. He has also been a strong proponent of establishing a federal commissioner for children and youth.  

At Children First Canada, we are deeply grateful for Senator Munson’s support and partnership. In 2017, he hosted a special event in the Senate on National Child Day – one of many occasions in which he helped ensure that children could occupy the Senate for the day. This took place during CFC's initiative to establish the Canadian Children's Charter on Parliament Hill. 

Our work would not be possible without parliamentarians and senators like Jim Munson who are dedicated to improving the well-being of all 8 million kids in Canada. 

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Young Canadians' Parliament
YCP members address the issues that matter most 
The Young Canadians’ Parliament (YCP) held its second session this month, which focused on creating policy briefs. Through this virtual event, young people engaged with parliamentarians and other young people from across the country to enhance their understanding of democratic processes and civic pride.

Children and youth made policy recommendations relating to climate change, racism, poverty and housing. They also addressed truth and reconciliation between First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and non-Indigenous people.
 
Here’s what YCP members had to say:

91% agree or strongly agree that they know more about how the federal government works after attending YCP.

“I liked that we got to hear information from parliamentarians and question them.”

67% know one new way to take action towards reconciliation after attending YCP.

“I love that youth have a platform to do something about the injustices we face each day. It is nice to know that there are people who care about these issues as much as you do.”

Click the button below to learn more about the YCP! 

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Deadline extended for child art submissions

Do you know a child or youth who loves to be creative? Children First Canada is looking for artwork from young people to support the Raising Canada 2021 report, which is the fourth in an annual series that tracks the top 10 threats to childhood. A variety of creative expressions are welcome: drawings, paintings, photographs (as long as they are not of another person), digital art, collages, poems, song lyrics, and more!

The deadline for art submissions is July 30, 2021.

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Honouring the rights of Indigenous peoples
August 9 is the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. This year's theme is "Leaving no one behind: Indigenous peoples and the call for a new social contract." Indigenous communities have a right to be included and participate in decision making – without having to compromise their own forms of governance and ways of life. 
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Celebrating healthy friendships
This Friday is the International Day of Friendship! Throughout the pandemic, close friendships among young people and adults alike have helped to alleviate mental health challenges and build resilience. That's why we're inviting you to celebrate this special bond with us on Instagram. On July 30, tag @children1stca on stories or in a post and tell us how your friendship has made a difference this past year.
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Double the impact of your donation!
Each year, the Shaw Charity Classic crowns one golf champion and over 200 charity winners. Children First Canada is a participating charity partner of the Shaw Birdies for Kids,​​​ presented by AltaLink. Donate today using code KIDS071 by texting 30333, or click the button below and have your donation matched up to 50%! 
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