Have a Heart Day
Have a Heart Day is a child and youth-led reconciliation event that brings together caring Canadians to help ensure First Nations children have the opportunity to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and be proud of who they are.
This year is Have a Heart Day's 10th year anniversary!
Due to COVID-19, Have a Heart Day for 2022 will be commemorated at home or online. The national gathering on Parliament Hill has been canceled in keeping with local health restrictions and many people across Canada are following public health protocols that significantly limit gatherings. We are encouraging teachers, students, families and your household to celebrate the day in your classrooms, at home or online!
Even if we can’t gather as we usually do, we can still honour the spirit of Have a Heart Day and stand up for love and fairness. Here are some ideas:
- Send a Valentine’s Day card or letter supporting Have a Heart Day to the Prime Minister and your Member of Parliament. Create your own card or letter or get creative using the letter or colouring pages found below.
- Spread the word and post photos of your Have a Heart Day letter, cookies, snow bear or however you choose to celebrate on social media! Use the hashtag #HaveAHeartDay and/or #JourneeAyezUnCoeur. Please follow us @CaringSociety and @SpiritBear on Twitter, @SpiritBearAndFriends on Instagram, and like our Facebook page First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and tag us in your festivities for a chance to be featured!
- Read our Spirit Bear books and their learning guides for free, they are available online. Then watch Spirit Bear and Children Make History! We will be sharing the link to watch the film for free on our social media during February 14 - 18, 2022.
- Get creative by completing our Snow Bears Activity (below) or making some Have a Heart Day cookies with your class, group, or family. Find Spirit Bear's Bearcipe cards in the resources below!
- Host an online Valentine’s Day party to raise awareness in your school or community. Choose a day leading up to Valentine's Day that makes sense for your class or community. Download and edit our Have a Heart Day poster to use for your event. Be sure to register your Have a Heart Day celebration!
- Bring reconciliation into the classroom to get your students ready. Do Project of Heart. For other great ideas, visit the Shannen's Dream School Resources page.
Explore the Have a Heart Day website for more ideas and to download Have a Heart Day resources! We will be updating our website and our social media leading up to #HaveAHeartDay, so stay connected!
Click on this link to hear Senator Kim Pate make a statement on Have a Heart Day, commending the children and emphasizing the importance of their cause. You can read Senator Pate's message for Have a Heart Day 2020 here.
Through activities like Have a Heart Day, we are creating a movement where the landscape of Canada is only one of honour and possibility for First Nations children.
Visit the Have a Heart Gallery to see photos from events across Canada!
Reconciliation is all of us. Read this information sheet for ways you can help make a difference.