Raising Canada Summit - Calgary
12:00 PM12:00

Raising Canada Summit - Calgary

Join us for a special forum with children, youth and adults to discuss the urgent need to invest in Canada's children!

On Tuesday September 18, 2018, Children First Canada is hosting an exciting forum in Calgary that will bring together children and youth with leaders from the business community and charitable sector to discuss the urgent need to invest in children and youth.

We are launching the Raising Canada report in partnership with the O’Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary; the report paints an alarming picture of the challenges facing children and youth across the country, and points to the urgent need for action.

As a highly respected leader in our community, we would be honoured to have you participate in the Raising Canada Summit, and support the participation of children and youth to attend!

Your ticket price will cover your participation, and it also includes the sponsorship of one child or youth delegate who will be attending.

In the morning, children and youth will take part in a dynamic and engaging workshop to get immersed in the findings from the report. They will also learn about the Canadian Children’s Charter, an exciting new tool created by thousands of young Canadians from coast to coast to coast, calling on leaders in government, the private sector, and civil society, to take urgent action to improve the lives of our youngest citizens.

At lunch, you will have the chance to join the forum along with other respected leaders from the business community and the charitable sector. The youth will present what they’ve learned and engage with the adults in a dynamic discussion on what it will take to Raise Canada from its current rank as 25th place for child wellbeing, to become the best place in the world for kids to grow up!

Canada’s young people are not only leaders of the future, they are leaders today.

The Raising Canada Summit is an incredible opportunity for children and youth to use and enhance their leadership skills, and directly contribute to a vision and plan of action for all of Canada’s children. As a business leader, you will also gain valuable insights on the challenges facing young Canadians, and learn what your role is in helping us Raise Canada!

Click here to purchase tickets.

To nominate a child/youth delegate for the summit, please contact: info@childrenfirstcanada.com

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Children's Charter Consultation
9:00 AM09:00

Children's Charter Consultation

Join us in Ottawa on Wednesday June 6th for a consultation on the draft Canadian Children's Charter. Child and youth delegates will be joined by adult allies from the charitable sector, government and the private sector. There will be an opportunity for online participation through videoconferencing and social media. 

In partnership with Wisdom2Action

For more details, please contact: info@childrenfirstcanada.com 

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National Summit for the Canadian Children's Charter
to Nov 22

National Summit for the Canadian Children's Charter

Children First Canada was honoured to host the National Summit for the Canadian Children's Charter, in partnership with Wisdom2Action. 

The National Summit took place in Ottawa on November 20-22, 2017, where children and youth met with leaders of children’s charities, corporations, government and the media. Together, they created the first draft of the Canadian Children’s Charter: a call to action to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of children.

The youth delegates had the opportunity to meet with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, visit the Prime Minister's Office, meet with MPs and Senators, and present the draft Canadian Children's Charter at the National Press Gallery on Parliament Hill.

Click here for the report with highlights from the National Summit. 

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National Speaker Series - Calgary
11:45 AM11:45

National Speaker Series - Calgary

Canada’s 150th anniversary provides us with an opportunity reflect on progress made towards advancing the wellbeing of children, and to consider Alberta’s role in providing a strong public policy framework for our youngest citizens.  As the only province in Canada to hold a Children’s Charter and Children First legislation, Alberta can play a leadership role to inspire all provinces and our federal government to act in the best interests of children. The provincial government’s most recent efforts on this front are commendable, including commitments to support children including the school nutrition pilot program and a $25/day child care program to support families. 

After Children First's initial 2016 launch on the EC platform in Toronto, we are proud to bring this important discussion to Calgary. Join Sara L. Austin, Founder, President and CEO of Children First Canada alongside Danielle Larivee, Minister of Children's Services, and Bonnie Johnston, CEO at Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre. This discussion will be moderated by Tara Nelson, Executive and Host of CTV Calgary 6pm News.

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National Speaker Series - Ottawa
11:30 AM11:30

National Speaker Series - Ottawa

The kids are not alright: the urgent need for a national dialogue to invest in the wellbeing of Canada’s children

Canada is the 5th most prosperous nation in the world, but Canadian kids aren’t reaping the benefits. We rank 17th globally for the wellbeing of children, and drop to 27th place for child health and safety. We can and must do better: Canada’s future depends on it.

After Children First's initial 2016 launch on the EC platform in Toronto, we are proud to bring this important discussion to Ottawa. Join Sara L. Austin, Founder and CEO of Children First Canada alongside a panel of industry experts with the Globe and Mail’s André Picard as moderator.



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