Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Have a Heart Day

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This year will mark the 6th annual Have a Heart Day! Have a Heart Day is a child and youth-led reconciliation campaign that celebrates love and fairness for First Nations children so they, too, have the services they need to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and be proud of who they are.

On February 14, hundreds of children, youth and other caring Canadians will gather on Parliament Hill to ask the Government and all Canadians to have a heart for First Nations children. The event on Parliament Hill will be supported by dozens of other events across the country – and this is where you come in!

You can support Have a Heart Day even if you are not in Ottawa! Choose a day leading up to Valentine’s Day that works for your school or community, and remember to register your participation online to show your support!

There are many ways you can celebrate Have a Heart Day:

Send a Valentine’s Day card or letter supporting Have a Heart Day to the Prime Minister and your   Member of Parliament.
Host a Valentine’s Day party to raise awareness in your school or community.
Bring reconciliation into the classroom. Do Project of Heart, organize a Blanket Exercise workshop, or screen a film. For other great ideas, visit the Shannen's Dream School Resources page
Spread the word through social media like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. Use the hashtag #HaveaHeartDay. 
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Visit HaveaHeartDay.ca for more information and to register!           

Gail Stromquist
Assistant Director, Aboriginal Education
Professional and Social Issues Department BCTF
100-550 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4P2

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