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Our Kids Network Reports give Insight into Wellbeing of Halton Children and Youth

Survey asked youth about peer relationships, safety, bullying, and physical activity

Two new reports outline the results of the 2015-2016 Tell Them From Me /OurSCHOOL surveys of elementary and secondary students across Halton Region. The results show that most Halton students value what they’re learning in school, have at least one close friend, and are physically active; at the same time, some students are lacking a sense of belonging at school and many are exceeding the recommendations for daily recreational screen time.

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Halton iparent Information Hub
One of Our Kids Network’s Many Resources for Families

Halton iparent and Information Hub provide online support and valuable information to build parenting skills.

With Family Day (Monday, February 20) approaching, Our Kids Network wants to remind parents, other caregivers, and everyone that strong families are an essential part of a healthy community. Read the news release.               


Premier Visits OKN Acton Community Hub



Premier joins discussion with Our Kids Network on community hubs
Our Kids Network was delighted to host The Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, The Hon. Indira Nadoo-Harris, Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care, and Karen Pitre, Special Advisor to the Premier on Community Hubs, at the OKN Acton Hub at McKenzie Smith Bennett Public School on November 8. Read the full story.

Our Kids Network Hubs Connect Families to Local Programs, Services and Support

The OKN Community Hubs, located in Acton, Milton and Aldershot, bring people and organizations together from across Halton Region improving the lives of children, youth and families. Each Hub is located at a school, is managed by a coordinator, and makes services more accessible to neighbourhoods. They all have classroom-sized space for community programs provided by OKN members and other community partners. Learn more

June is National Aboriginal History Month
Short Doc: NiiSoTeWak: Two Bodies, One Heart

Cree teachings say that identical twins are born with two bodies, but share one heart. Meet Tapwewin and Pawaken, 10-year-old brothers trying to make sense of the world, their family and each other. http://bit.ly/2qKMOFy  #NationalAboriginalMonth Go to cbc.ca for more documentaries on the lives and contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canada’s history and future.

June is National Aboriginal History Month
Documentary: Finding my Balance

How does volleyball help heal? 18-year-old Alicia Mollen explores her history of being bullied, then recovering and building a healthy life. http://bit.ly/2qJLgY4 #NationalAboriginalMonth Go to cbc.ca for more documentaries on the lives and contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canada’s history and future.

June is National Aboriginal History Month
Karihawanoron: Precious Things

Yagorihwanirats, a young Mohawk child, attends a unique and special school: a Mohawk immersion program, inspired by her great-grandmother - who, as a child, was forced to not speak her language. http://bit.ly/2rOnePZ  #NationalAboriginalMonth Go to cbc.ca for more documentaries on the lives and contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canada’s history and future.

June is Aboriginal History Month 
What is the Responsibility of Wearing a Headdress?

Filmmaker J.J. Neepin recreates her great-grandfather's portrait and explores the responsibility of wearing a headdress. "To me, the headdress is a symbol of leadership." http://bit.ly/2rOetpb #NationalAboriginalMonth Go to cbc.ca for more documentaries on the lives and contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canada’s history and future.

“Mothers are women who embrace children to become part of their lives and live in their very soul.”

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 14. OKN guest blogger, Kathie Callan, a mom, grandmother, foster mom, aunt, and caring friend to youth reflects on being a mother to many different children. Read the blog.

2017 Asset-Building Forum a Model for Openness

“The Forum’s focus was on ‘creating environments where meaningful relationships for children and youth will thrive.’  As we came together, some as staff teams, some as single representatives from our organizations, we knew that this day would be different." Read the blog.

Resource to Help Collaboration and Cooperation

7 Strategies to Use the Power of Relationships, Research and Knowledge to Help Kids Thrive

Practical ideas and strategies to use relationships, research and knowledge to work towards the Halton 7 (seven conditions of well-being to ensure that all children thrive). Booklet