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

Resource Hub

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Our Kids Network encourages everyone to recognize National Indigenous History Month and expand their Indigenous literacy Helpful resources are available on the OKN website.

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Watch the “Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Cultural Safety: Considerations for Relational Practice and Policy” webinar to learn how to create a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment for LGBTQ2S+ Indigenous people.

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Examine the “Racism, Reconciliation, and Indigenous Cultural Safety” webinar to learn about creating a safe and respectful environment for Indigenous people. Gain valuable insights and knowledge with Senator Murray Sinclair and veteran broadcast journalist, Shelagh Rogers.

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Learn about the harmful effects of anti-Indigenous racism on health in the webinar “Racism Hurts: Exploring the Health Impacts of Anti-Indigenous Racism.” Discover the profound impacts on Indigenous persons.

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View this webinar on “Cultural Safety in the Classroom: Addressing Anti-Indigenous Racism in Education Settings” to learn how to create a respectful and inclusive environment. Gain valuable insights.

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Explore the ICS “Indigenous Culture Safety” Collaborative’s webinar series featuring expert speakers and engaging discussions. Discover how this series can benefit you.

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Information on education from an Indigenous perspective.

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A reflection on what Canada Day means for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

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For teachers looking for a culturally relevant and holistic approach to residential school history that facilitates relationship building and promotes ways to engage in reconciliation activities. Book for grades K-12.

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Canada’s permanent home for all records, statements, and works related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions work.

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Visit the Woodland Cultural Centre and learn about the Haudenosaunee People through innovative exhibitions and programs. Take a virtual tour of the Mohawk Residential School in Brantford.

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In this emotional film, the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is shown through the eyes of two survivors who were forced to endure unimaginable hardships.

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Bob Joseph provides a concise account of his experience at residential school and the importance of Truth and Reconciliation for all Canadians. Powerful and a must watch.

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A podcast featuring Dennis Saddleman, a residential school survivor who speaks about his experience at Kamloops residential school and shares poetry that helped him heal. (19 minutes)

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Bob and Cynthia Joseph provide an excellent resource to assist all Canadians and organizations on effective steps to move Truth and Reconciliation forward. A must read.

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Module based in-person cultural competency training sessions.

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This blog has been edited for accuracy (paragraphs 7 & 8) and republished. Introduction by Angela Bellegarde, Our Kids Network Indigenous Lead Raven Sutherland is Plains Cree and Saulteaux from…

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Introduction Angela G is a grade 10 student who volunteers with the Halton Youth initiative (HYI) Calls to Action team. In her blog below, she shares her thoughts on what she has learned about Land…

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By Bonnie Leask, Relationship Lead, Watershed Partners, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Reposted with permission from eaglefeathernews.com. “The March 2021 edition of Eagle Feather News was dedicated to…

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By Angela Bellegarde, Our Kids Network Indigenous Lead Have you had a conversation with a child or youth about racism? It would be difficult not to if you have a school-aged child or youth in your…

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By Angela Bellegarde, Our Kids Network Indigenous lead This year marks the 30th anniversary of Canada signing the United Nations (UN) Convention of the Rights of the Child, established in 1989. In…

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It is National Indigenous History Month and We are Celebrating! By Angela Bellegarde, Our Kids Network Indigenous Lead June is one of the best months of the year! Children and youth look forward to…

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Hello and Welcome… You just took the first step in the journey of Indigenous Reconciliation. Are you ready to move a mountain? By Angela Bellegarde, Our Kids Network Indigenous Lead What does…

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By Angela Bellegarde, Our Kids Network Indigenous Lead On Sunday, many of us will be celebrating Father’s Day. Some of you will be enjoying a beautiful day reading a great book, by an Indigenous…

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By Angela Bellegarde, Our Kids Network Indigenous Lead. What do Orange Shirt Day and shiny new shoes have in common? For many of us, pandemic or not, the beginning of a new school year is marked…

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By Angela Bellegarde, Our Kids Network Indigenous Lead Have you ever thought about the name you were given? Is there a story behind how you came to have your name? What about the children, youth,…

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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…

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By Sandy Palinski, Director, Children’s Services, Social & Community Services, Halton Region I was 40 years-old when I first learned about Residential Schools. I remember the moment clearly. I…

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By Wendy Einwechter, Our Kids Network Indigenous Reconciliation initiative summer student – Introduction by Angela Bellegarde, Our Kids Network Indigenous lead Our curated website section,…

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By Wendy Einwechter, Our Kids Network Indigenous Reconciliation Initiative summer student I didn’t learn about the real history of Indigenous Peoples until taking an Indigenous Studies course at…

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By Angela Bellegarde, Our Kids Network Indigenous Lead On September 30th, the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we are all called to commemorate and honour Indian Residential…

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By Joanna Matthews, Vice President, Services, Reach Out Centre for Kids ROCK Co-chair, Our Kids Network Community Planning Table I am a white European woman and use the pronouns she/her. As a small…

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Introduction by Beth Williams, Our Kids Network Communications Manager On September 30th people across Canada will observe the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the fulfilment of Call…

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By Angela Bellegarde, Our Kids Network Indigenous Lead Once again, Canada and the world are witness to yet another First Nation’s learning of the remains of friends and relatives, in what is…

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By Janice Robinson, Halton Children’s Aid Society executive director My journey of Truth is an attempt to reconcile what I thought was the truth about a place I lived in when I was young, with what…

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By Angela Bellegarde, OKN’s Manager of Indigenous Strategy Angela reflects on the Pope’s recent apology for the Catholic’s Church role in Canada’s Residential School System. It was a difficult week…

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By Angela Bellegarde, OKN’s Manager of Indigenous Strategy September 30, 2022 marks Canada’s second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It is a day all Canadians are called to commemorate and…

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By Angela Bellegarde, OKN’s Manager of Indigenous Strategy Building relationships with the Indigenous community may be easier than you think. It should come as no surprise to you that Canada is in…

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Excellent article touching on the origins of cultural safety, and how it relates to cultural awareness. An important read for those working in human services.

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Indigenous female photographers sharing their views on a variety of subjects.

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British Columbia based organization provides on-line cultural competency training.

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Learn the language of the Metis.

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Developed by Six Nations Polytech; learn the Mohawk language through quizzes, and games.

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Learn Anishnaabe and Mohawk language classes through live zoom meetings.

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A short article on the importance of Indigenous language and its importance to Indigenous Culture and Identity.

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Short video that provides the pronunciation of First Nations followed by description of name. Excellent information.

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Beginner to advanced lessons. Assists with pronunciations. Songs, stories, and additional resources included.

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Comprehensive overview of the 70 distinct Indigenous language groups across Canada. Includes great videos to enhance your understanding.

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Documentary about 13 year-old Shannen Koostachin, a young Cree woman from Attawapiskat, Ontario, who led the largest, youth driven human rights movement in the country’s history. For youth and adults.

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Explore the fantastic series of video teachings by Elders at ISHS (Indigenous Students Health Sciences) of McMaster.

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Comprehensive site dedicated to Indigenous education. Hosted by First Nations University of Canada. Includes research portal.

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A video to support families, caregivers, educators to have difficult conversations with children about Residential schools. See other excellent videos by award winning author Monique Gray-Smith.

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Excellent information on current topics as it relates to Indigenous relations in Canada.

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Comprehensive resource dedicated to Indigenous economic development in Canada.

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CCAB has a significant history in Canada promoting Indigenous businesses in Canada. Provides ideas on how to enhance supply chain and offers education seminars.

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Founded in 1996 in response to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal peoples, Indigenous Works has been a leader in assisting organizations to be the employer of choice for Indigenous employment seekers.

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The Canadian Human Rights Commission has published a fact sheet to assist those organizations collecting Equal Employment information about their employees.

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Organization dedicated to responsible investment that moves Call to Action 92 forward. Research and educational material available on website.

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Non-profit organization dedicated to building excellence in Finance, Management, and Governance in Indigenous communities.

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Unique digital agency devoted to Indigenous innovation. A certified B Company, Animikii is an example of social innovation in action.

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