Did you know that First Nations children on reserves receive less funding from the federal government for education, child welfare and health services than all other children receive from the provinces and territories?
#HaveaHeartDay is a youth-led initiative that draws attention to this glaring inequality and brings together caring Canadians to help ensure First Nations children have the services they need to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and be proud of who they are.
Here’s how you can celebrate:
- Send a Valentine’s Day card or letter supporting #HaveaHeartDay to the Prime Minister and your Member of Parliament.
- If you’re a teacher or parent, help bring reconciliation into the classroom. Do Project of Heart, organize a Blanket Exercise workshop, or screen a film. For other great ideas, visit the Shannen’s Dream School Resources page.
- Join a #HaveaHeartDay demonstration near you.
- Spread the word through social media like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Use the hashtag #HaveaHeartDay and/or #JourneeAyezUnCoeur.
By sending a clear #HaveaHeartDay message across the country, we can alert our elected officials to the fact that we are watching them closely, and we won’t give up until something changes.