June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada – and this year, more than ever, it represents an opportunity for Halton residents and organizations to start a journey of discovery, understanding, and connection with Indigenous teachings and culture.
We Can No Longer Bury Our Heads in the Sand
OKN’s Indigenous Reconciliation strategy manager, Angela Bellegarde, recognizes that the events of the past year have brought Canada to a unique turning point, and that National Indigenous History Month is an opportunity for deep reflection and exploring uncomfortable truths about our own perceptions of our cultural identity.
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Our Kids Network launches bulletin series to transform survey data into action
The numbers from the 2021 Halton Youth Impact Survey are in – and Our Kids Network is excited to move into the next phase of the project: transforming knowledge into action that will support child and youth wellbeing in our community. In the spring of 2021, 2,599 youth aged 9-18 across Halton participated in the initiative, which was implemented by OKN as part of a national pilot project led by UNICEF Canada, the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Medavie Health Foundation. Results from the survey were released in November 2021 and are available through OKN’s website. To support its community partners in translating the robust data from the survey into actionable decisions around policies, services, and programming, OKN will deliver a series of themed bulletins throughout 2022. The first bulletin, in May, focuses on Youth Mental Health.
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Interim director shares goals for organization
Inside Halton conducted a Q&A with new interim executive director of Our Kids Network, Elisabeth Wells. Here's what she had to say:
What is Our Kids Network?
Our Kids Network (OKN) is a Halton-wide partnership of agencies and organizations serving children and youth. Our vision is all children and youth thrive. We are a collective impact organization, and we build the capacity of community organizations that support children, youth and their families. As a Halton-wide partnership, we work collectively to mobilize knowledge and resources to support Halton professionals in their work. OKN is known for its Halton specific research and data, and our strong relationships in the community.
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Halton Region, Ontario - Our Kids Network (OKN) announced today that Christine Hartley resigned from her post as executive director, effective February 25, 2022.
Christine has been a catalyst in cultivating relationships between OKN and its network of experts. Her wealth of knowledge and leadership brought communities together to enhance professionals’ capacity to serve children, youth, and families in Halton. Her strong belief in collective impact was reflected in the emphasis she placed on synergy and collaboration within OKN’s team members.
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Halton Region, Ontario – The inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a watershed moment in Canadian history, and as September 30 approaches Our Kids Network (OKN) encourages all Halton residents to use the occasion as an opportunity to honour the lives of Indigenous people and engage in deep reflection on the impact of the Residential School System on their families, culture, and language.
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Young people often feel they are not heard by community organizations that develop programs and resources to meet their needs. Now, by participating in an important survey, they can help agencies across Halton Region make decisions about supports for teens and children.
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Young people in Halton want to feel safe and be able to voice their concerns without risk of harm – and they had the chance to do just that during a unique virtual Halton Youth Initiative event hosted by the Milton Public Library June 1.
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