Have a Heart Day

Have a Heart Day is a child and youth-led reconciliation event that brings together caring Canadians to help ensure First Nations children have the opportunity to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and be proud of who they are. 

This year is Have a Heart Day's 10th year anniversary! 

Due to COVID-19, Have a Heart Day for 2022 will be commemorated at home or online. The national gathering on Parliament Hill has been canceled in keeping with local health restrictions and many people across Canada are following public health protocols that significantly limit gatherings. We are encouraging teachers, students, families and your household to celebrate the day in your classrooms, at home or online!  

Even if we can’t gather as we usually do, we can still honour the spirit of Have a Heart Day and stand up for love and fairness. Here are some ideas: 

  • Send a Valentine’s Day card or letter supporting Have a Heart Day to the Prime Minister and your Member of Parliament. Create your own card or letter or get creative using the letter or colouring pages found below. 
  • Spread the word and post photos of your Have a Heart Day letter, cookies, snow bear or however you choose to celebrate on social media! Use the hashtag #HaveAHeartDay and/or #JourneeAyezUnCoeur. Please follow us @CaringSociety and @SpiritBear on Twitter, @SpiritBearAndFriends on Instagram, and like our Facebook page First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and tag us in your festivities for a chance to be featured! 
  • Read our Spirit Bear books and their learning guides for free, they are available online. Then watch Spirit Bear and Children Make History! We will be sharing the link to watch the film for free on our social media during February 14 - 18, 2022.  
  • Get creative by completing our Snow Bears Activity (below) or making some Have a Heart Day cookies with your class, group, or family. Find Spirit Bear's Bearcipe cards in the resources below!
  • Host an online Valentine’s Day party to raise awareness in your school or community. Choose a day leading up to Valentine's Day that makes sense for your class or community. Download and edit our Have a Heart Day poster to use for your event. Be sure to register your Have a Heart Day celebration!
  • Bring reconciliation into the classroom to get your students ready. Do Project of Heart. For other great ideas, visit the Shannen's Dream School Resources page.

Explore the Have a Heart Day website for more ideas and to download Have a Heart Day resources! We will be updating our website and our social media leading up to #HaveAHeartDay, so stay connected! 

Click on this link to hear Senator Kim Pate make a statement on Have a Heart Day, commending the children and emphasizing the importance of their cause. You can read Senator Pate's message for Have a Heart Day 2020 her​e

Through activities like Have a Heart Day, we are creating a movement where the landscape of Canada is only one of honour and possibility for First Nations children. 

Visit the Have a Heart Gallery to see photos from events across Canada! 

Reconciliation is all of us. Read this information sheet for ways you can help make a difference.

Even if we can’t gather as we usually do, we can still honour the spirit of Have a Heart Day and stand up for love and fairness. Here are some ideas:

  • Send a Valentine’s Day card or letter supporting Have a Heart Day to the Prime Minister and your Member of Parliament. Create your own card or letter or get creative using the letter or colouring pages found below.
  • Spread the word and post photos of your Have a Heart Day letter, cookies, snow bear or however you choose to celebrate on social media! Use the hashtag #HaveAHeartDay and/or #JourneeAyezUnCoeur. Please follow us @CaringSociety and @SpiritBear on Twitter and @SpiritBearAndFriends on Instagram, and tag us in your festivities for a chance to be featured!
  • Get creative by completing our Snow Bears Activity (below) or making some Have a Heart Day cookies with your class, group, or family. Find Spirit Bear's Bearcipe cards in the resources below!
  • Host an online Valentine’s Day party to raise awareness in your school or community. Choose a day leading up to Valentine's Day that makes sense for your class or community. Download and edit our Have a Heart Day poster to use for your event. Be sure to register your Have a Heart Day celebration!
  • Bring reconciliation into the classroom to get your students ready. Do Project of Heart. For other great ideas, visit the Shannen's Dream School Resources page.

Explore the Have a Heart Day website for more ideas and to download Have a Heart Day resources! We will be updating our website and our social media leading up to #HaveAHeartDay, so stay connected!

Click on this link to hear Senator Kim Pate make a statement on Have a Heart Day, commending the children and emphasizing the importance of their cause. You can read Senator Pate's message for Have a Heart Day 2020 her​e.

Through activities like Have a Heart Day, we are creating a movement where the landscape of Canada is only one of honour and possibility for First Nations children.

Visit the Have a Heart Gallery to see photos from events across Canada!

Reconciliation is all of us. Read this information sheet for ways you can help make a difference.

Related Resources

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Have a Heart Day on Parliament Hill

Have a Heart Day is a child and youth-led reconciliation campaign to help that ensure First Nations children get a fair chance to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and feel proud of who they are. Each year, schools from Ottawa, Gatineau and beyond gather on Parliament Hill to read letters and poems, sing songs, and stand together for love and fairness. 

The Caring Society has decided in the interest of health and safety to continue with virtual options for February 2022. We look forward to gathering on Parliament Hill with children and youth in the years to come. 

Thank you for standing with First Nations young people to make sure they have the chance to grow up with their families and communities, get a good education, be healthy, and proud of who they are!

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Send a Letter to the Prime Minister or your MP

Mail may be sent postage-free to any Member of Parliament at the following addresses:

Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street 
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A2
Submit an automated letter to the PM 

Name of Member of Parliament
House of Commons 
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A6
Find the name and mailing address of your MP

We would welcome you to download the letter below or copy the e-card (to the left) by right clicking and copy and paste and drop the card into your email (or save a version to your computer and add as an attachment to an email).

Download Eng & Fr Letters