Have a Heart Day

Thank you to everyone who celebrated and supported Have a Heart Day in 2017!

On February 14th 2017, more than 700 students from 20 different schools, as well as hundreds of other supporters, gathered on Parliament Hill to promote love and fairness for First Nations children in celebration of Have a Heart Day. The students read letters, and shared songs and poems calling on the Prime Minister and all Canadians to have a heart for First Nations kids and give them the childhood they deserve. Listen to the children share their messages
Have a Heart Day on Parliament Hill was supported by more than 70 events, organized by schools, community groups and individuals across Canada. In total, at least 6500 Valentines letters were sent to elected officials across the country as part of Have a Heart Day 2017 celebrations! 
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
Every voice makes a difference. Thank you for standing up for human rights and for equal education and services for everyone!

About 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 services they need to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and be proud of who they are.

There are many ways you can celebrate Have a Heart Day. Here are some ideas: 

  • Host a 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. 
  • Spread the word through social media like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. Use the hashtag #HaveaHeartDay and/or #JourneeAyezUnCoeur

Explore the Have a Heart Day website to download Have a Heart Day resources!


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.