OKN’s Indigenous Reconciliation initiative considers Truth and Reconciliation as two distinct entities, as illustrated above. Learn more about this graphic in our Indigenous Reconciliation Strategy.

Children spend a great deal of their first 8 years learning in schools, thus, how schools connect to their community is important. Progress in this area will show good connections between schools, parents, community resources and the local neighbourhood.
Indicators:

  • Parental involvement in schools
  • Youth as resources
  • Volunteerism
  • Community use of schools
Children thrive in neighbourhoods that are safe and connected. Neighbourhoods that can meet all of our needs are valued.
Indicators:

  • Neighbourhood safety
  • Neighbourhood cohesion
  • Walkability
  • Caring for the community
Safe environments benefit children by providing a sense of personal security that allows them to take maximum advantage of learning, playing and making new friendships.
Indicators:

  • Child care capacity
  • Quality child care
  • Parenting capacity
  • Parental monitoring
  • Quality time at home with family
Safe environments benefit children by providing a sense of personal security that allows them to take maximum advantage of learning, playing and making new friendships.
Indicators:

  • Serious injury
  • At-risk behaviours
  • Safety from harm
All children need positive connections to their parents/caregivers, peers, school and community.
Indicators:

  • Supportive and caring environments
  • Boundaries and expectations
  • Commitment to learning
  • Positive values
  • Social competencies

Learning is one of the cornerstones for success in life and starts at birth. Community progress for this result will show that children are learning both in their preschool and school years.
Indicators:

  • Preschool learning opportunities
  • Student achievement (EQAO)
  • Healthy body weight
  • School engagement

Good health is a prerequisite for positive outcomes for children and youth. Both physical and emotional health are valued in this result. In addition, given the critical brain development that takes place in the first 12 months of life, infant health is closely monitored.
Indicators:

  • At-risk births
  • Healthy eating
  • Healthy body weight
  • Physical activity
  • Mental health

OKN Challenges Halton Residents to Commit to Action on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Sep 26, 2022

This September 30, on Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Our Kids Network (OKN) challenges all Halton residents to commit to learning more about Canada’s Residential Schools and honouring the journey of survivors and the memory of the children who never returned to their families. It’s time to do business differently!

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was established in 2021 by the federal government as a direct response to the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #80, which outlined the need for a commemorative day to honour Survivors, their families, and communities to ensure the legacy of the Residential Schools remains a vital component of the Reconciliation process. In Halton, OKN has been actively involved in developing and supporting several interactive events and programs that create opportunities for residents to engage with and learn about Indigenous culture and history.

Read the full news release

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