Honouring our Children Day events hosted throughout region
Posted: July 24th, 2018
June 24 is Honouring Our Children Day- a day recognized by Tikinagan Child and Family Services since 2010. Around this time of year, community-based staff host a family-friendly event in each community served by Tikinagan.
“We continue to celebrate this important day because it’s just one way to remind children of how important and special they are,” says Thelma Morris, Executive Director at Tikinagan Child and Family Services. “Each community celebrates the day in its own unique way and we hope everyone enjoys the events.”
Behind the scenes, many employees work hard to prepare for Honouring Our Children Day events. There is often a lot of grocery shopping and bringing in special foods (such as barbeque supplies and cakes), as well as planning for games, prizes, and activities.
“We applaud our hard-working employees for their tireless work to make these events happen. Often there are long-hours in the kitchen preparing feasts and a lot of time organizing and making sure children and community members have a fun day. Their commitment to their community, and our Mamow Obiki-ahwahsoowin service model, really is appreciated,” says Morris.
Mamow Obiki-ahwahsoowin means ‘everyone working together to raise our children’ and is integral to how Tikinagan operates and works with each community to protect children and help families.
In some communities, Honouring our Children Day may take place a little later and tie in with the community fall-feast. While in other communities, the events are in late June and all through July.
In recent weeks, staff from Wunnumin Lake First Nation brought in Sioux Lookout-based magician Ali Gebai. In Sioux Lookout and Lac Seul First Nation, staff brought in bouncy castles (including a bouncy-castle waterslide) for their events. Many communities had feasts or community luncheons, prizes and free toys for children and a variety of games.
The photo galleries below includes lots of pictures from many of our community events. Come back often, as the gallery will be updated throughout the summer of 2018 as more events take place!
Tikinagan staff based in Lac Seul First Nation joined forces with Lac Seul’s Prevention Unit and held Honouring our Children Day on Tuesday, June 26. Over 150 children and families came out to the school in Frenchman’s Head for a light luncheon and bouncy castles.
Tikinagan hosted Honouring our Children Day in Pikangikum First Nation on July 18. The weather was great and a fun time was had by all.