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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Statement from Our Kids Network on Kamloops Residential School

May 31, 2021 | Indigenous Reconciliation

Our Kids Network is situated on the Treaty Lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Traditional Territory of the Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat peoples.

Our Kids Network empathizes with the incredible grief and heartbreak of the families and communities mourning 215 children whose remains were discovered in an unmarked grave at the site of the former Kamloops Residential School.  We send our deep sympathy to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Nation. We hold you in our hearts and we honour the lives of these 215 children, and those children who survived.

As a network of caring professionals who work with children and families every day, we believe passionately that every single child matters, and has the right to thrive. Canada’s Residential School system was purposely designed to remove and isolate children from their loving families, traditions, and cultures to assimilate them into the dominant culture. This horrific discovery exposes Canada’s long history of the inhuman and violent treatment of Indigenous families and children, and this continues today.

We all must take responsibility for the care and wellbeing of all of Canada’s children. June is National Indigenous History Month, and Our Kids Network calls upon you to face the Truth about the Indian Residential School system so that you can take meaningful action towards Reconciliation.

“Reconciliation begins with oneself and then extends into our families, relationships, workplaces and eventually into our communities.”  Reconciliation Canada

Christine Hartley
Executive Director
Our Kids Network

Angela Bellegarde
Indigenous Lead
Our Kids Network

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If you are a Survivor and need emotional support, a national crisis line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week: Residential School Survivor Support Line: 1-866-925-4419.

APTN news story
CBC news story
OKN Residential School blog
Mohawk Residential School Tour
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

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