#ReducePoverty Youth Contest
Did you know that poverty during childhood can have a lifetime impact? Lower educational achievements, poorer health outcomes and higher rates of social exclusion have been reported as a result of poverty during the early stages of life.
For the past five months, I have been talking with Canadians across the country about the development of a poverty reduction strategy. I have been moved by people’s stories, engagement and ideas.
I want to keep the momentum going and do more to engage young Canadians. That is why I have recently launched the #ReducePoverty Youth Contest. I am inviting young people from coast to coast to coast to answer one question: How can we reduce poverty in Canada?
Youth can submit their ideas online in one of three categories:
- Visual – by designing a poster, infographic, photo collage or any visual art
- Written – by submitting a short article, proposal, poem or essay of no more than 500 words
- Video/Audio – by creating a video or audio piece no longer than two minutes
Each category will be divided into two age groups (ages 12-17 and ages 18-24) and selected youth will be invited to showcase their entry at a Canadian poverty reduction conference in Ottawa this September.
For full contest details, please visit our #ReducePoverty in Canada website. All submissions must be received by August 14, 2017.
Engaging Canadians on Indigenous early learning and child care
The Government of Canada is working to increase the affordability, quality, flexibility and inclusivity of early learning and child care. For Indigenous children and their families, this includes supporting community-led early learning and child care that creates a foundation for pride and confidence in cultural identity.
On May 31, I launched an online engagement process to support the development of an Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework.
I encourage you to participate online or download a toolkit to help you host your own discussions in your community. This engagement period will run until July 21, 2017.
Following this process, our Government will collaborate with our Indigenous partners to review the input and co‑develop a policy framework to ensure it reflects the unique needs and priorities of First Nation, Inuit and Métis children and families across Canada.