On November 20, Canada celebrates National Child Day to commemorate our country’s dedication to protecting children’s rights, as well as two historical events: the signing of the UN Declaration in 1959 and the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. This year’s theme is to support children and their right to a safe, healthy, engaging and active childhood.
National Child Day 2022 focused on empowering children and youth to #SeenAndHeard. Children have so much to say – the world should listen. Similarly, this year’s theme for World Children’s Day is inclusion and protection against discrimination, which are the fundamental rights of every child.
Check out the following resources:
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Archives:
Films Based on Spirit Bear’s Books
Remembering the Children Educators’ Guide
Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Resources
CBC Kids – What is Orange Shirt Day?
David A. Robertson’s How to Talk to Kids about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Orange Shirt Day Resources for an Older Crowd:
This project seeks to research the impacts of trauma-informed arts-based engagements in dance, music and skateboarding on youth’s mental health and wellbeing. This project responds directly to the impacts of isolation and anxiety youth have been experiencing during COVID-19 through trauma-sensitive engagements which will be shaped to increase self-regulation and build healthy relationships. The research team will create a series of workshops to assess the mental health benefits for participating youth and facilitators.
We will satisfy the following 5 main objectives:
Project Timeline: Jan 2022-Dec 2022
Project Funded By: Mental Health Research Canada and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation
Project Partners: Community arts-based organizations: GRR!, VibesYQR, FAB
Communities Building Youth Futures is a pan-Canadian project to develop collective impact and system-wide solutions for youth as they build and act upon plans for their future. A primary goal for engaging youth, aged 15 to 30, facing barriers to education and employment, is to develop strategies that enable young people to be engaged in their communities and successfully navigate transitions from youth to adulthood. These transitions might include the completion of a secondary school curriculum leading to post-secondary education or apprenticeship experience or employment.
Project Timeline: Feb 2022 – March 2024
Project Funded By: The Tamarack Institute
Project Partners: Government, education, and community agencies; the Tamarack Institute, YMCA
In 2021, the CTRC sought to expand its network and reach by building relationships with communities in Southern Saskatchewan, including, but not limited to, Cypress Hills, Maple Creek, and Swift Current. Trauma-sensitive programming and opportunities for children and youth were explored, and partnerships secured. Our CTRC team will be working with schools, community organizations, etc to develop well-being-enhancing experiences for children and youth – specifically a Drama collaboration with Swift Current Comprehensive, and an Innovation/ Youth Entrepreneurship Day in Estevan.
Project Timeline: 2021-ongoing
Partners: UR Faculty of Education, SK Science Centre, YouthBiz, EYES Camps, Friends of Cypress Hills, etc.
Our goal is to develop and offer evidence-based and trauma-informed mental health primary and secondary prevention resources and adapt existing tertiary prevention supports to serve micro population of PSP families through PSPNET – Families. Developing the PSPNET – Families ecosystem will require an ecological approach that recognizes that PSP and their family members affect one another’s mental health and wellbeing, so support for family members can result in both support for the PSP as well as support for the family members, in their own right.
Project Budget & Timeline: $2.075,000 (Feb 2022 – Mar 2023)
Project Funded By: Public Health Agency of Canada
Project Partners: Child Trauma Research Centre (CTRC), CIPSRT, Families Matter Research Group
This project will be primarily focused on establishing ‘mental health’ as an excusable absence and offering possible interventions for what the data shows. Mental illness is one of the most non-discriminative aspects of our existence. It connects us while tearing us away from one another due to the harsh stigma around this issue. According to a statistic from SAYCW’s research in 2019, 38.6% of youth reported symptoms of depression, and that statistic rose to 48.3% among students who were being bullied. It is also important to highlight that in 2017 the Public Health Agency of Canada reported that suicide was the second leading cause of death among youth and young adults aged 15-34. Not only as educators but as human beings, we can no longer ignore this crisis. As the pandemic has negatively impacted the economy, it is clear that it has also affected the mental well-being of youth in Saskatchewan. SAYCW highlights the implications of the pandemic. In their report entitled “COVID-19 Connections,” they note that increased stress due to the pandemic resulted in higher rates of anxiety and feelings of loneliness and depression. COVID-19 is creating more opportunities for mental health to plummet as isolation, alternative scheduling, lack of active lifestyles, reduction of extra-curricular opportunities, and in some cases, being in unsafe environments highlights the urgency as to why we need to greatly support our youth. We must take immediate and decisive action.
Project Timeline: 2022-ongoing
Project Partners: Youth with lived experience – Kiah Holness
We began participating in the ‘Journal Watch’ explorations looking at emergent child trauma research. We also presented at the first-ever 2021 ‘Child and Youth Trauma Symposium’ with a presentation entitled: Supporting the mental health and well-being of Canadian children, families, and service providers during COVID-19 and beyond: Mobilizing critical knowledge through the creation of our website. 1 in 3 Canadians has experienced adverse childhood experiences, including sexual and physical abuse, and/or exposure to family violence. Some children and youth also face neglect and/or adverse community experiences such as discrimination, poverty, and/or other forms of violence and oppression. Purposeful attention to the right of all children without discrimination to live lives free from all forms of violence, and consideration of issues related to systemic violence, structural inequalities, and cultural safety among Indigenous people, Black communities, and other marginalized groups is paramount to the work pursued by the Consortium.
Project Timeline: Feb 2021 – April 2027
Project Funded by: The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Project Partners: McGill University
The AVA Health Research Training Platform is located at the University of Calgary, on the traditional territory of the Treaty 7 peoples who include the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Piikani and Kainai First Nations), Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Stoney Nakoda (Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The land is also the traditional home to Metis Nation Region 3. We are grateful to be able work, live and recreate in these beautiful lands. The purpose the AVA Training Platform is to create capacity to transform health and social services delivery in the community to dramatically improve the health of girls and women exposed to ACEs. To do this, highly qualified personnel (HQP) require training in community-based research in close association with women and girls (“patients” according to CIHR-SPOR definition). Educating the next generation to undertake community-based research with a focus on gender-and-sex based analysis will enable NFPs to offer programming that is evidence-based and promotes the intergenerational health of girls and women, contributing to population health—the health of all Canadians.
Project Timeline: 2022-2028
Project Funded By: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Training Grant: Health Research, Girls and Women’s Health and Wellness Pool
Project Partners: 150+ Academic and Community Partners; University of Calgary
Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Education has named mental health and well-being as a pillar in both their Interim and 10-year Education Plans. Recent Research highlights educators’ repeated requests for support in relation to trauma-informed/sensitive ways of being in order to support themselves and their students. Important downstream benefits exist for students when teachers are supported, trained, and feel knowledgeable. To extend these findings, the Child Trauma Research Centre has committed to undertaking a pan-Canadian knowledge synthesis and mobilization project in relation to trauma-informed best practices in education.
Project Timeline: Feb 2022 – April 2022
Project Partners: SK Ministry of Education