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Posted: December 22, 2016

As Christmas comes around, youth in my life have always provided me with great lessons and made me reflect on the meaning of “family” and “belonging.” Amidst the hype and promise of the season, I have often witnessed young people’s struggle to reconcile the concept of family, and belonging.

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Posted: November 28, 2016

Sitting in the home in the little town of Hawkestone, I waited for a group of 10 children in care who live in different foster homes across Orillia, Bracebridge and Haliburton to arrive. They are all Indigenous young people whose communities are located thousands of kilometres away – in Pikangikum, Attawapiskat, Big Trout Lake and Lac Seul First Nations. The foster mum hosting the gathering has already laid out food across the dining table.

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