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All Children and Youth Thrive!

Grab more Chairs! We are Inviting Young People to the Table

By Bruna Redoschi, OKN’s Research Associate “Young people are the future. We are building today for future generations. We must think about the kind of world we want to leave for our kids…” We have all heard and repeated these lines in our conversations. No one can argue them, and we try our best to fulfill their meaning, but there is a caveat. Despite our best intentions, adults have their own biases and shortcomings. In Canada, youth are fighting for their space and right to have their voices heard. In 2021 they sued the Canadian government for their right to vote. Youth claim that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the right to vote for all Canadian citizens without age qualification. While initially, Canadian citizens were white, property-owning men aged 21 or older, the definition has been expanded since then and should keep advancing to include those who may have been excluded from social and political participation.  Young people are still pressing for...

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The OKN Data Portal: A Sandbox of Knowledge

The OKN Data Portal: A Sandbox of Knowledge

By Juan Medina, Children’s Services Research Advisor, Halton Region I had no idea what to expect when I started working for the Halton Region two years ago. I was juggling with a lot of personal change – a new career, the first time working for government, and moving...

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The Power of an Apology

The Power of an Apology

By Angela Bellegarde, OKN’s Manager of Indigenous Strategy Angela reflects on the Pope’s recent apology for the Catholic’s Church role in Canada’s Residential School System. It was a difficult week watching the news coverage of Indigenous representatives meeting with...

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