UNICEF Canada Foresight Report: What's the state of children and youth in Canada?


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At the Sandbox Summit on April 6, UNICEF Canada hosted a lunchtime discussion where we identified trends shaping the lives of young people, what is causing them, the signals we see them manifest, how pervasive they are, and the implications are for children and youth and for others.

Participants began by describing:

  • What seems to be improving in child and youth well-being
  • What seems to be eroding or worsening in child and youth well-being
  • Emerging issues they didn’t see five years ago
  • What they are most concerned with

From these insights, eight key trends were identified – but among participants, five groups of twelve focused on the “screen time” trend. Many of the causes of these trends are similar and many involve technology in some way. There is rising concern about mental and physical well-being within a rapidly changing society, but signs of adaptability in many young people and a perceived increase in the response of services despite systemic barriers including the effective use of information and collaboration.

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Atuaqsijut: Following the Path - Sharing Inuit Specific Ways

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This resource provides Inuit specific knowledge and cultural practices regarding pregnancy and parenting. It shares best practices for service providers who work with biological, foster, and adoptive parents of Inuit children aged 0 to 6 years old. It offers information for southern service providers on the many challenges and opportunities for Inuit and non-Inuit parents raising young Inuit children in Ontario.

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Coming Up Together: Towards Ending and Preventing Youth Homelessness in Ontario, Canada and Beyond - Call for Proposals

Coming Up Together: Towards Ending and Preventing Youth Homelessness in Ontario, Canada and Beyond - Call for Proposals

 Coming Up Together

Coming Up Together: Towards Ending and Preventing Youth Homelessness in Ontario, Canada and Beyond
February 20, 21, 22, 2018
On unceded Algonquin Territory (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Convened by a multi-sectoral organizing committee, hosted by Carleton University
University of Ottawa Faculty of Social Science in Downtown Ottawa

Call for proposals deadline: May 01, 2017
We are seeking proposals for panels, papers and workshops from researchers and proposals for presentations and workshops from community service providers addressing their work to support homeless youth. 
Collaborations between youth, community service providers and researchers are encouraged. Proposals from communities outside of major Canadian cities are also encouraged. Please visit www.coming-up-together.ca to submit a proposal. 
Topics could include (but are not restricted to): Housing as a human right, Indigenous youth experiences, LGBTQ youth, newcomer youth, gender, hidden homelessness, youth activism, aging out of youth services, policy, Housing First, Harm Reduction, poverty reduction, mental health care, constructing the problem of youth homelessness, measuring youth homelessness, homelessness prevention, community planning, housing stock, the cost of youth homelessness, the role of community institutions (schools, hospitals, etc...) and education/employment.

About the conference
We invite you to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, for a collaborative three-day exchange of ideas between diverse change makers that will advance the agenda of ending youth homelessness in Ontario, Canada, and across the globe. Youth, community service providers, researchers and policy experts will meet to share their experiences and perspectives on creating systemic solutions to youth homelessness, ranging from immediate interventions to preventative strategies designed to stop homelessness before it begins. We believe that all young people have the right to be safely housed and to have the appropriate supports in place that allow them to thrive. Our goal with this conference is to build upon and accelerate the current momentum for ending and preventing youth homelessness in Ontario, Canada and beyond.
Submission: Submit your proposal online at www.coming-up-together.ca
Contact: info@coming-up-together.ca
Twitter: @CominUpTogether
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/587539918122927/