Canada Programs

National Reconciliation Program

We recognize that not all children’s rights are equally realized in Canada, and those most deprived of their rights are First Nations, Metis, and Inuit children. For children not to exercise their rights equally has devastating impacts on them, their families, communities, and nations. That’s why we are focusing our programs in Canada on reconciliation through a child-centred approach.

 

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children and youth are the fastest growing population in Canada. Currently, the child poverty rate for Indigenous children is at an alarming 40%.  The burden of poverty diminishes children’s right and reduces the opportunity for reaching their full potential. Indigenous children and young people deserve a Canada where they can reclaim their identity, where their resilience is recognized and supported, and their culture celebrated. They have the right to develop to their full potential as valued and engaged citizens within their Indigenous nations and Canada.

Reconciliation will never be achieved so long as one side sees it as a recognition of rights, and the other side sees it as an act of benevolence.

– Justice Murray Sinclair

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