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4 things you should know about the child welfare sector’s commitments to Reconciliation

And how they are shaping the sector’s priorities with Indigenous communities going forward 1. Every Children’s Aid Society has committed to tangible Reconciliation actions. On June 6, 2017, the Ontario child welfare sector unanimously agreed to prioritize Reconciliation with Indigenous communities through eight key commitments.

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Child Welfare’s Reconciliation Pathway

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies’ acknowledgment and apology for the harmful role child welfare has played historically, and continues to play, in the lives of Ontario Indigenous children, families, and communities is an important point on the sector’s path to Reconciliation. However, the Reconciliation pathway […]

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Marking a Moment in Child Welfare’s Reconciliation Journey

An apology, an acknowledgement, and a conversation to move forward On October 1-3, 2017, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) will host a gathering at Geneva Park and Rama First Nation to acknowledge and apologize for the harmful role child welfare has played historically, and […]

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Solving Youth Homelessness Requires Integrated, Collaborative Approach

Rocco Gizzarelli, Executive Director of the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton, writes on why a multi-agency approach is vital to addressing youth homelessness In an average year, as many as 50,000 young people in Canada find themselves without stable housing. In Hamilton, there were at least […]

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Rising Up & Embracing Our Differences

Supporting the leadership and individuality of youth in care at the 2017 YouthCAN Conference Every summer, YouthCAN hosts a conference for youth in the care of Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies (CAS). The conference goal is to expose high school youth in care to post-secondary options and career […]

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Seven Ways Your School Can Make Dress Purple Day Memorable

Dress Purple on October 24, 2017. Take pictures of school staff and students throughout the day, and share them on social media using the hashtag #IBREAKthesilence. Use the Dress Purple Classroom Resources, available at the OACAS website to engage students in the meaning behind Dress Purple Day. […]

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Superintendent Janine Bowyer talks about why her board of education decided to join the Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign

As the Superintendent of Student Services and Safe Schools at Durham District Catholic School Board you were instrumental in forging a close partnership with Durham Children’s Aid Society during last year’s Child Abuse Prevention Month. Why did you decide to support the campaign? From my perspective it […]

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Eight Things You Should Know About Dress Purple Day 2017

Child Abuse Prevention Month is coming up in October. Here are eight things you probably didn’t know about Dress Purple Day. 1. This year Dress Purple Day takes place on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. 2. Dress Purple Day is a provincial day of action that takes place […]

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Tough questions for Boards of Directors of Children’s Aid Societies: Marilyn Dumaresq shares some parting words of wisdom after ten years of service on the OACAS Board of Directors

Introduction While I have been on the Board of OACAS for 10 years it seems such a brief time compared to the history of Child Welfare in Canada. One of the most disturbing lessons I’ve learned is that the road to hell is truly paved with good […]

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Ontario youth in care celebrate ten years of YouthCAN and recommend the way forward

YouthCAN, a program for Ontario youth in care, recently marked its 10-year anniversary. To honour the occasion, the program underwent a comprehensive review to evaluate its purpose, goals, and future priorities. We recently spoke with Brian Van-Du, YouthCAN coordinator, to find out about the review’s findings and […]

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