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International Women's Day #BreakTheBias
Celebrating the achievements of women and girls

Today is International Women's Day! This special day marks a call to action for accelerating the equality of women and girls. It's also a time to celebrate their social, economic, cultural and political achievements. This year's theme is #BreakTheBias, which challenges men and women alike to imagine a gender-equal world – one that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. All women and girls have the right to live a life that is free from gender discrimination. 

At Children First Canada, more than 25 incredible women in leadership support us every day in our mission to make Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up.® Over the next three weeks, we will be highlighting women who are members of our core team, serve on our board, Council of Champions and Youth Advisory Council. Follow us on social media to join the conversation!

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Young Canadians' Parliament
YCP holds a mock national debate 
This past weekend, the Young Canadians' Parliament (YCP) held a mock national debate with 70 children, youth and parliamentarians in attendance. Young people shared their views – both for and against – two mock bills that addressed mental health, poverty, food insecurity and housing. Following the debate, participants voted to pass both bills as law.

Here's what some youth had to say about the event:
“I liked working with others on ways to improve our country.”

"I like how the YCP gives a voice to every child and encourages them to engage and participate.”

“I liked that we get to meet youth from across the country and get to learn more about the political system.”


During the event, YCP members presented their final recommendations to parliamentarians based on their learnings from the past year. Watch CFC's website for the full report, Our Commitment to Today and Tomorrow: Report on Recommendations from Young Canadians 2021-2022. The YCP is a growing movement of young people who are standing up for their rights and sharing their views with parliamentarians. Click the button below to access the YCP page. 
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Kids deserve the best possible start
Kids deserve the best possible start 
As part of the federal government's 2022 Pre-Budget Consultation process, Children First Canada has made a submission that provides a road map to help achieve the vision of making Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up. Among other recommendations, the submission includes a detailed policy proposal to launch a Catalytic Investment Fund for Children, which you can access here. Children First Canada also supports the submissions from Canadian Children's Literacy Foundation, Children's Healthcare Canada and the Coalition for Healthy School Food.
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Make some noise for healthy school food 
March 11 is the #GreatBigCrunch! This annual initiative invites students, teachers, parents and Canadians who are passionate about food to crunch into apples or other fruits and vegetables to promote healthy school food. At Children First Canada, we believe every child has the right to nutritious food. This Friday, follow us on social media to hear the CFC team's #GreatBigCrunch!  
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How to talk to kids about war
How to talk to kids about war 
It's difficult for children and youth to avoid stressful global events that appear in the news. With Russia's invasion of Ukraine, parents and educators are facing tough conversations with kids. It's important for young people to understand what's happening in the world around them and to process their emotions in a healthy way. In a recent CBC news article, CFC Founder and CEO Sara Austin shared some helpful advice on talking to kids about war.
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Diverse books for kids
Diverse books for kids
Reading stories that feature young people from different cultural backgrounds is a great way to teach kids about the importance of diversity. Are you looking for new books to add to your list? Our latest blog features 14 recommended reads, including picture books and chapter books. Click the button below for a list of books that kids of all ages will love.
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