The Dreams of First Nations Children Matter Too

Our Dreams Matter Tooby Jarrah Hodge

On June 11, students from the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto and the Schools of Social Work at Ryerson University and York University will be holding a walk for First Nation children’s cultural equity, on behalf of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.

As the walk’s media release points out:

Aboriginal children lag behind their non-Aboriginal peers in academic performance and health status, and they are overrepresented in the child welfare system – there are approximately eight times more Aboriginal children in government care than other children. Aboriginal child welfare programs are chronically underfunded, preventing First Nations children from having the same chance to succeed.  Some research indicates that Aboriginal child welfare receives 22% less funding than non-Aboriginal child welfare services.

Erinn Michèle Treff, the U of T organizer (and a former classmate of mine), said:

We are passionate about helping First Nations children because they are at a clear disadvantage. Canada’s treatment of Aboriginal children is shameful and well-documented. Society needs to tell the Government of Canada that enough is enough.

Participants will walk together to Queen’s Park where they will submit letters to the Prime Minister and/or MP in support of First Nations children. A mail box designed by children will be at the finish line for participants to post their letters.

If you’re in or around Toronto that week, consider taking part. Registration is free. Just email walkforFNchildren@gmail.com with your name and/or team members’ names, your organization (optional), and contact information. You can also check out the Facebook event page for more information. Their goal is to have over 500 people participate and to send over 1000 letters to the Prime Minister/Members of Parliament on this issue.

Posted on by Jarrah Hodge in Can-Con, Racism 1 Comment

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Jarrah Hodge

Jarrah Hodge is the founder and editor of gender-focus.com. She has also written for the Huffington Post, Bitch Magazine Blogs, the Vancouver Observer and About-Face. Jarrah has B.A. in Women’s Studies and Sociology from UBC. She’s a fan of politics, Star Trek, musical theatre, and brunch.

One Response to The Dreams of First Nations Children Matter Too

  1. Erinn Michèle Treff

    Thank you for promoting our event, Jarrah! We are the Toronto chapter of a national event, there are walks all across Canada!
    It is an important cause and it will be a fun day! We have free refreshments, goodies, a photographer, and lots of great people.

    xx
    Erinn Michèle Treff
    Co-Organizer, Our Dreams Matter Too (Toronto)
    walkforFNchildren@gmail.com

     

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