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Save the Date: National Child Day 2021 

We have exciting plans to share! To mark the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, Children First Canada is organizing a special week-long celebration leading up to National Child Day on November 20.
 
In partnership with other organizations, we will be hosting various events that focus on protecting and celebrating the rights of children and youth. Stay tuned for more details about a fun, interactive event to help children learn about their rights. We’re also happy to announce that a CBC Kids News contributor will be our host!

Here’s how you can get ready for the celebration:
 
1) Get social with us: Like and follow us on social media for the latest updates, news, speakers and events.
 
Facebook: @childrenfirstcanada
Twitter: @children1stca
Instagram: @children1stca
 
2) Wear your support: Watch your inbox for updates on when this year’s swag will be available. Want to plan ahead? Contact us at info@childrenfirstcanada.com to pre-order T-shirts.
 
3) Share your event: If you’re organizing an event of your own, add it to our interactive map at nationalchildday.org. We want to share how Canadians are celebrating children and youth across the country.
 
Thank you for joining our efforts to promote the rights of all 8 million kids in Canada.

Mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 on kids
Children First Canada has released a new resource to help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 school closures on children and youth. This resource builds on the success of the online interactive tool created by Statistics Canada and Children First Canada in March and serves as a companion document to the tool. Click the button below to read the full report. 
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Kids and families are in crisis
Inspiring Healthy Futures (IHF) commissioned a new poll conducted by Abacus Data to better understand the experiences of children, youth, and families during COVID-19. The results, while bleak, present a clear call to action for IHF moving forward. The poll found that 79 per cent of parents would like to see a variety of policy solutions to address child and youth mental health and well-being. It also found that 62 per cent of parents say the pandemic has exacerbated mental health challenges for their children. We must act now. Join the #Roadmap4Recovery.
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A call for an end to anti-Muslim hate
Children First Canada stands in solidarity with Muslims across the country in calling for an end to Islamophobia and violence against their community. The recent attack on a Muslim family in London, Ont., while out for an evening walk is a sobering reminder that anti-Muslim hate is pervasive in our country. All children – regardless of their race or religion – have a right to live a life that is free from violence and discrimination of any kind. 
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Youth come together to advocate for their rights
We’re excited to announce that the 2021 Young Canadians’ Parliament (YCP) has been formed and we held our first event this past weekend! Here's how YCP members responded to our survey after attending the two-day event:
  • 91% of YCP members feel more confident to raise their voice and speak on issues that matter to them.
     
  • 98% of YCP members feel a greater sense of connection to young people across Canada. 
     
  • 94% of YCP members feel like an active and engaged citizen in Canada.
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada and the Gail O'Brien Foundation. 
Help us win $20,000. #GivingChallengeCA
Giving challenge is on for 2 more weeks!
This month, every $1 you donate to Children First Canada enters us for a chance to win $20,000 through the Great Canadian Giving Challenge. 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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Our team is growing
We are pleased to announce that Vanessa Hagan has joined the CFC team for the summer as Bilingual Services Coordinator. Vanessa is an undergraduate student at the University of Ottawa, studying French-English Translation. She has a passion for languages, which stems from her love for reading and writing. She also enjoys travelling and learning about different cultures around the world. Please join us in welcoming Vanessa to the team! 
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