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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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Posted: May 10, 2016

The legislation that governs my Office defines advocacy as “partnering with children and youth to bring their issues forward.” In partnering with and mobilizing young people with “special needs” – a rather difficult term used to describe a mandate area in my legislation – I looked for ways to meet with those within that definition, including individuals, youth groups, parents and service providers. I knew there would be a steep learning curve for me.

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