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Celebrating Black History Month
Celebrating the Contributions of Black Canadians

This month, we're proud to join Canadians from coast to coast to coast in honouring Black History Month. Despite facing systemic racism and discrimination, Black Canadians have played a significant role in upholding the values that have shaped our Canadian identity: diversity, inclusion and freedom.

With more than 400 years of history in what is now known as Canada, Black Canadians
 – including civil rights activists, trailblazing entrepreneurs and influential politicians  have made an indelible mark on our society. Although many of their achievements and contributions have been ignored throughout history, we can resolve to lift their voices today. 

Here are a few ways you can encourage kids to participate in Black History Month this year:


Have a family chat: Take time this month to talk to kids about why it's important to celebrate the contributions of Black Canadians and combat anti-Black racism. Need help getting started? Click here to access a child-friendly article from CBC Kids News.

Take a trip to your local library or bookstore: There are great books to choose from that help kids to appreciate and value cultural diversity. You can find recommended books for kids of all ages here.

Plan fun activities that raise awareness: If your kids enjoy art, you can download a colouring page or plan your own creative activities. You can also sign up for a virtual celebration as a family. 

How are you celebrating Black History Month this year? We want to hear from you! Follow us on social media to join the conversation.


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YCP members speak up for their rights

Last month, the Young Canadians' Parliament (YCP) held its first digital session of 2022 with more than 70 young people in attendance. To kick off the event, four Youth Ambassadors presented the YCP Policy Recommendations to parliamentarians. They also engaged in a lively discussion about the need for urgent action to improve the lives of children with the Hon. Marci Ien (Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth) and members of Parliament from all the major political parties.

We were honoured to have Arjun Ram of CBC Kids News host a segment of the event, engaging with young people on issues like climate change, mental health and systemic discrimination.

Youth ranging in age from eight to 18 also learned how the federal government creates legislation. Working in groups, young people created mock bills that address the issues that matter most to their generation. Next month, the YCP will host a mock national debate in which parliamentarians will vote on two of these mock bills and hear a presentation on the YCP's final report.


Do you know a young person who wants to speak up for their rights? Anyone under 18 is welcome to join the next YCP event on March 5 at 2 p.m. ET. Please encourage youth to sign up at the link below.

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Show some love for First Nations children
February 14 marks the 10th anniversary of Have a Heart Day! First Nations children deserve to grow up at home, be healthy, and get a quality education. Have a Heart Day is a child- and youth-led reconciliation event that brings together caring Canadians to help ensure First Nations children have the opportunity to thrive. Although national gatherings will not take place on Parliament Hill this year, there are other ways to participate online. Click the button below for some great #HaveAHeartDay ideas!
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Statistics Canada reveals 2021 census data
Did you know? Data from the 2021 census will help make informed decisions for our families, businesses and communities across the country. Stay tuned as new data will be released throughout 2022  starting today on February 9! Spread the word using #CanadasPortrait on social media and visit census.gc.ca to learn more.
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Parents, have you done your homework?  
The Children's Health Coalition, a collective of children's health organizations across Ontario, has launched a new campaign aimed at providing Ontario parents with the facts about COVID-19 vaccination for children aged five to 11. Parenthomework.ca was developed with input from children's health experts, doctors, parents and infectious disease leaders. 
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Helping kids cope with pandemic fatigue
More than two years into the COVID-19 crisis, kids and adults alike are feeling the effects of pandemic fatigue. Are your children experiencing stress and anxiety? Check out our latest blog for practical tips on how to support the needs of children and youth during the pandemic.
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