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. Last year 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. Have a Heart Day on Parliament Hill was supported by more than 70 events and at least 6500 Valentines letters were sent to elected officials across the country! 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
There are many ways you can celebrate Have a Heart Day. 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.
- 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.
- Bring reconciliation into the classroom to get your students ready. 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 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.