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September 2022

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Calls to Action

September 30th is Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR). On this day, we honour the children who never returned home from Canada’s residential schools along with the Survivors, as well as their families and communities. Remembering the painful and tragic history and acknowledging the ongoing impacts of residentials schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process with Indigenous peoples.

On Canada’s first NDTR, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) announced new commitments dedicated to continuing our journey to decolonize Indigenous child welfare services in the city of Toronto. Over the past year, NCFST went through a critical examination of our child and family well-being services, including standards, service eligibility criteria, assessment tools, and current practices.

NCFST invites you to join us on Friday, September 30th at 10 AM – 12 PM where we will provide a report back to community addressing the priorities for redesigning child welfare to help reduce the number of Indigenous children in care. During this virtual event we will have special guests join in the conversation around the importance of this report and we will share some exciting new announcements.

To register for this event, please click HERE!

June 2021

Virtual & Day Camp Registration is open for youth 6-16 years of age.

The deadline to apply for both camps is JUNE 15, 2021

VIRTUAL CAMP (6-16 years)

Virtual Camp will be offered to 3 age groups: 6-9, 10-12, and 13-16

DAY CAMP (6-12 years)

Day camp programs will be offered on the land in alignment with the Government of Ontario, Toronto Public Health, and Ontario Camps Association safety provisions. A guide will be provided to families in their welcome package with further details.

Campers will be placed within small groups between the age of 6-12.

We will offer a SCARBOROUGH (Joseph Brant PS*) and DOWNTOWN (Queen Alexandra*) location.

*Permits are pending for both locations.

APPLICATION PROCESS (BOTH CAMPS)

  • Campers are only to apply for one opportunity VIRTUAL OR DAY CAMP (as they run at the same time).
  • Applications must be completed by Camper’s Legal Parent/Guardian.  For children who are in the care of NCFST, this means the NCFST Worker must complete the application/consent for the child (not the Resource Home).
  • An application must be completed for each Camper. The deadline to apply for both camps is JUNE 15, 2021
  • Applications submitted may not be all accepted due to numbers, selection criteria. Parent/Guardian/Resource will be notified of application status via email by June 18.

Submit a camper application for VIRTUAL CAMP (ages 6-16)

Submit a camper application for DAY CAMP (ages 6-12)

For more info email: [email protected]

GRUNDY LAKE OVERNIGHT CAMP (FAMILY CAMPS)

We are still in the process with solidifying our plans for Grundy Lake Overnight Camp, which due to COVID19 we hope to offer as a Family Camp this year.  By offering small, family-cohort camps, we can ensure camper safety and compliance to all Ministry directives.

We will be asking that families submit an expression of interest (starting June 15) for this year’s very limited-space Family Camp (should we be able to offer).  The link will be posted June 15th for families to add their name to the list.  Stay tuned!

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