Updates for the week of July 26th!

  • Welcome to our new subscribers!
  • Outdoor Programming updates!
  • Indoor Programming starts August 3rd!
  • Baby Time: Twice Weekly!
  • All Our Programming in a Single Graphic!
  • Annual Closure: August 9th - 28th
  • Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action: Health
  • Easy Links to Playlists and our Social Media Platforms
We're excited to have so many new subscribers! Welcome!!
Whether you're a new parent or you've been in the game awhile, we're so happy you found us! Our organization has a long history in our community, offering programs six mornings a week at two sites, an evening program and a baby program! More recently, we've done a LOT of virtual programming! We look forward to meeting you face to face just as soon as we can! This newsletter, and our social media platforms are our primary ways of communicating with our community. Keep scrolling to find out more or to register for programs!
Outdoor Programming Updates & Registration Links!
We have two more weeks of Outdoor Programming planned before our organizational summer closure. Schedule:
  • Week of July 26th: Monday through Wednesday, 9:15 – 11: 15 am. Saturday 9 am – 12 noon. Registration link
  • Week of August 2nd: Tuesday through Friday 11 am - 12 noon, plus Baby Time on Tuesday, 1:30 - 3 pm. Registration link
  • Weeks of August 9th, 16th, 23rd: Annual Organizational CLOSURE
  • Week of August 29th: TBA
More Details:
Indoor Programming Is Starting!
five people of various racial backgrounds wearing masks sit together  a red indoor climbing apparatus
We're filled with (cautious!) anticipation for the re-opening of our indoor programs at Kimbourne! We have no updates for opening our Terry Fox site as yet. There are a great many guidelines and protocols we'll be introducing for the first time. Guided by a list of operating requirements from Toronto Publc Health, our staff have thought long and hard about best practices for making our programs accessible and safe while maintaining the high quality our community is accustomed to.
  • Distancing will be required while waiting outside on the ramp.
  • Screening of every adult and child arriving will happen at the door.
  • People who are not registered will be turned away unless the program is not at capacity. Please don't bring extra people who are not registered.
  • at our Kimbourne site, room capacity is set at 25 people including staff. This is based on the fact that our room is very large, and our experience with how families use our space, which normally accommodates over 80 people easily.
  • We will be experimenting with stroller parking stalls, to eliminate the notorious congestion in the stroller room and make distanced arrivals and departures easier. Parents and caregivers who are able to lock their stroller to the railing up on the lawn are encouraged to do so. Leaving strollers on the ramps is never permitted.
  • We ask parents and caregivers to support their children in physical distancing, including observing caps on the number of children who can use our fabulous climber at one time.
  • Masking is required for adults and children over 2. Please get in touch with us if your child needs an exemption.
  • Hand sanitizing is required when arriving and leaving.
  • We encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. We also request that participants refrain from asking others to disclose their vaccination status, since health care information is private.
  • As always, do not bring hot drinks into our programs.
  • Label items like water bottles to avoid accidental mix ups.
  • Leave all toys at home please.
  • Washroom/diaper changing occupancy is one person or family group at a time.
  • Marked bins will be placed around the room for toys that need to be sanitized. We ask parents and caregivers to support their children in getting into the routine of putting toys they're done with into these bins.
  • We all love Circle Time, but singing indoors is not a best practice, so will endeavor to end each session with an OUTDOOR circle time!
  • And YES, Our building, including our washroom, is wheel-chair/mobility device accessible. We can also provide adult and child noise defenders on request.
Baby Time!
a parent and infant sit on the lawn next to a memorial of orange shirts hanging on a clothesline
Soooo many babies were born during the pandemic and we're excited to meet them all! Reinstating our Baby Time program, and responding to the needs of families with new babies is a priority for us. Our regular Thursday afternoon Indoor Baby Time program is starting August 5th, and will be supplemented with an Outdoor Baby Time program every Tuesday afternoon.
Outdoor Programs! Indoor Programs!
Baby Time (indoor & outdoor)! Virtual Programs!
Click anywhere on the graphic to access a PDF with live links!
94 Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action:
Health
orange background with indigenous symbols in black arranged in a circle around the text Every Child Matters
Our community is interested in and committed to Truth and Reconciliation. Each week we're sharing Calls to Action, so we can learn together. This week's section addresses Health.

18.We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to acknowledge that the current state of Aboriginal health in Canada is a direct result of previous Canadian government policies, including residential schools, and to recognize and implement the health-care rights of Aboriginal people as identified in international law, constitutional law, and under the Treaties.

19.We call upon the federal government, in consultation with Aboriginal peoples, to establish measurable goals to identify and close the gaps in health outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities, and to publish annual progress reports and assess long-term trends. Such efforts would focus on indicators such as: infant mortality, maternal health, suicide, mental health, addictions, life expectancy, birth rates, infant and child health issues, chronic diseases, illness and injury incidence, and the availability of appropriate health services.

20.In order to address the jurisdictional disputes concerning Aboriginal people who do not reside on reserves, we call upon the federal government to recognize, respect, and address the distinct health needs of the Métis, Inuit, and off-reserve Aboriginal peoples.

21.We call upon the federal government to provide sustainable funding for existing and new Aboriginal healing centres to address the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual harms caused by residential schools, and to ensure that the funding of healing centres in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories is a priority.

22.We call upon those who can effect change within the Canadian health-care system to recognize the value of Aboriginal healing practices and use them in the treatment of Aboriginal patients in collaboration with Aboriginal healers and Elders where requested by Aboriginal patients.

23.We call upon all levels of government to:
i.Increase the number of Aboriginal professionals working in the health-care field.
ii.Ensure the retention of Aboriginal health-care providers in Aboriginal communities.
iii.Provide cultural competency training for all health-care professionals.

24.We call upon medical and nursing schools in Canada to require all students to take a course dealing with Aboriginal health issues, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, and Indigenous teachings and practices. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human

Next week's Calls to Action 25 - 42: Justice

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