What We Do
In the meantime, here are some of our key accomplishments:
Big Win for the Kids
- The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has issued 12 procedural and non-compliance orders since the 2016 landmark ruling, four of which were issued in 2019-2020.
- In September 2019, the Tribunal ruled that First Nations children and their families would receive the maximum compensation allowable through the Canadian Human Rights Act ($40,000), finding that Canada has been “wilfully and recklessly” discriminating against First Nations children.
- Over 691,000 services and products were provided to First Nations children as a result of Jordan’s Principle and the May 2017 non-compliance order.
Reconciliation in Action
- We expanded our Reconciling History initiative to include new learning opportunities like the History of Inequity timeline and a self-guided Reconciling History Walking Tour in downtown Ottawa!
- We hosted our annual Have a Heart Day event which was celebrated with 500 local students! Over 40 schools, workplaces and organizations held events nationwide with over 2,000 people celebrating!
- We introduced the Touchstones of Hope to more than 50 enthusiastic and caring participants from 2 groups and communities! We also updated the Touchstones of Hope toolkit further and translated the toolkit into French!
Spirit Bear and Friends
- Spirit Bear’s #Hibernating4Health plan was developed to support kids and families in staying healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Spirit Bear pawblished his Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action, a learning guide for young people to better understand the 94 Calls to Action.
- Spirit Bear pawblished three new books: Spirit Bear: Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams (in French and English) and Spirit Bear: Echoes of the Past, his third and fourth illustrated children’s books.
- Spirit Bear’s second book, Spirit Bear: Fishing for Knowledge, Catching Dreams, was given top place in the children’s book category for the 2019‑2020 First Nation Communities READ program.
Making New Friends
- Through our awards and scholarships, we were able to recognize a number of fantastic groups and individuals who are taking action to ensure equity for First Nations children.
- We completed over 160 public education events attended by thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.
- We gained over 2,300 new followers on the @CaringSociety Twitter account and 1,600 new page likes on Facebook. Our online friends now include more than 25,000 followers! Our website has had over 175,000 visitors!
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