Honouring Our Children Day

What is Honouring Our Children Day?

Honouring Our Children Day is a time to celebrate our children, and remind them that they are special, as well as supported and cared for by their community. First celebrated in 2009, the intention of this day is to celebrate our children and acknowledge their strength, bravery, and resilience. Honouring Our Children Day is an opportunity for your community to come together to show our children that they are part of their circle of care.

The goals of Honouring our Children’s Day are:

  • To acknowledge the children in Tikinagan care for their strengths and unique identities.
  • To show children and youth in Tikinagan care that their communities are part of their circle of care.
  • To de-stigmatize views about children and youth in and from care by increasing public awareness and understanding.

Message from Thelma Morris, Executive Director


How to Celebrate Honouring Our Children Day

  • Attend your community event put on by Tikinagan or organize one of your own
  • Like and share our Facebook posts
  • Invite children and youth to participate in our two contests; and
  • Take a moment share with your children how important they are to you. Teach your children about children in care and allow them to become part of someone else’s circle of care.

Youth Contests

Super You!

Have you ever thought of how you might look if you were a superhero? Here’s a chance to show the world Super You!

We are looking for drawings created by children and youth from our 30 First Nations! Draw yourself as a hero and tell us about your superhero. Pictures will be featured on our website. One submission per youth. The winning designer will receive their hero enlarged as a framed print.

For ages 3-18.

Deadline: August 31, 2023

Click here to enter

Logo Design contest

Design the logo that will represent Honouring Our Children Day.

We are looking for logos created by children and youth from our 30 First Nations. The logo will be digitized and used for all Tikinagan materials related to Honouring Our Children Day. The winning designer will receive their logo enlarged as a framed print as well as seeing their logo used every year moving forward.

For ages 6-18.

Deadline: August 31, 2023

Click here to enter

Apply for the #YouthKnow Team!

#YouthKnow Team is Tikinagan’s youth advisory team. This team is formed with youth from our 30 First Nations and supports Tikinagan by providing input about youth culture, social media, and living in their communities. We want to engage, empower, and equip our First Nation youth by hearing their ideas, utilizing their skills, and challenging them as leaders.

Want to help us plan days like Honouring Our Children Day, Orange Shirt Day and Dress Purple Day? Do you have a lot of ideas about what we could be posting for our youth on our social media? We know you know stuff about youth culture, living in your community, and how to interact with your friends. We want to tap into your expertise, your skills, and hear your ideas how we can make Tikinagan Child & Family Services better for children, youth, and families.

Apply to join our youth advisory committee – #YouthKnow!

Learn more here

HOC Toolkit

This toolkit is intended to support the participation of various stakeholders, including Tikinagan, our communities, our families, our Foster Parents, and our youth. Join us on June 24th or whenever is suitable for your community.

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Message to Our Children, Families, and Communities