Have a Heart Day

Ah, Valentine’s Day! A time for expressing love. It brings back delightful childhood memories of cutting out little paper sweetheart cards and writing names on them for my class party… and hoping that I receive just as many in return.

Every child should experience these happy memories. While this year may be a bit different for children who are attending online classes, I’m sure there will be many virtual celebrations. I have certainly seen paper hearts taped on windows in my neighbourhood.

Sadly, there are many children in Canada that don’t have the same positive experiences at school. This year I want to bring awareness to this situation, so we can show these kids love too.

Please take a few minutes to watch End the Gap and hear what these awesome kids and their teachers have to say.

I encourage you to also read the February 4, 2021 article Cindy Blackstock Is Still Fighting for Indigenous Kids to see that this problem has been going on for a very long time with little resolution.

First Nations children should not have to fight for basic services all other Canadians take for granted. We need to ensure these students have the same chance to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and feel proud of their culture.

Reconciliation is everyone’s responsibility.

Find out more about what you can do on the Have a Heart Day website. Also consider supporting organizations such as Books With Wings and The Ballantyne Project (#weseeyou).

Let’s do what we can to show these children we care.

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