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

Learn how to Access and Use 2021 Census Data with the OKN Data Portal


Are you working on a funding application or report? Looking to learn more about the social demographics of Halton neighbourhoods? Join us for this online session to learn more about the 2021 Census indicators available at Our Kids Network (OKN) Data Portal 2.0.

During the workshop, you will learn how to access and use a large inventory of up-to-date census data available at the neighbourhood, municipality, and census tract levels. You will also learn how to download tables, create bar charts, explore trends, and create maps with everything you need to support your planning, a funding application, a community engagement activity, or a research initiative.

This event is recommended for both new and experienced Data Portal users. It focuses on census indicators available at the Data Portal and uses basic navigation skills, but no previous knowledge of the Data Portal 2.0 is required. For experienced users, this is an opportunity to take an in-depth look into census indicators and how they can help you fulfill your goals.


Bruna Redoschi, Research Associate, Our Kids Network

Bruna is an engaging speaker and facilitator with a personable and clear style. She makes research and data accessible and understandable for professionals who work with children, youth, and families. She joined OKN in 2021 and is committed to using data to strengthen communities’ ability to improve life for children and youth.

With over fifteen years of collaborating in research and knowledge dissemination initiatives, Bruna is passionate about using research and data to support meaningful change toward a more equitable and inclusive society. At OKN, she is your go-to person for anything data-related.

Bruna has a master’s degree in social psychology and a Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Sao Paulo.


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