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

Building Relationships & Assets

The key for people and organizations to thrive

Powerful relationships are the foundation of our success in Halton. They are the key ingredient to our work with kids, families, communities – and each other. Research identifies what knowledge and skills we need to build, nurture, and sustain these essential relationships.

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Relationships First

We have a variety of resources about building relationships, and we want to share them with you, who help others build assets and meaningful relationships. These resources can be used to provide training and presentations to organizations and communities, in workshops, meetings, and discussions to build strong relationships, not only with the children, youth, and families you work with, but also with your colleagues, friends, and family. For information about building relationships, explore our resources in the Resource Hub.

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Five Dimensions That Really Matter

It’s important for young people to have caring adults and peers in their lives who support their growth, challenge them, share power, and help them see new possibilities. Having strong relationships can help prevent bullying, improve mental health and well-being, increase youth engagement, and support social and emotional learning. Strong relationships can also provide protection from risky situations. What are the five dimensions, explore them here.

For more information on building relationships, visit our resource hub.

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Generous funding for the Our Kids Network Asset-Building Initiative

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