Here are three ways to show your love on Valentine’s Day:
1 – If it’s through chocolate, go fair trade and sustainable. Camino, Hummingbird and Olivia are three locally based companies that sell great organic, fairtrade and/or sustainable chocolate around town.
2 – All that snow we’re getting has wreaked havoc for pedestrians and cyclists trying to use sidewalks or bike lanes. (Funny how the roads seem to get plowed first.) Do a bit of shovelling if you have sidewalk nearby; help out a neighbour.
3 – Most importantly, take part in Have a Heart Day. Have a Heart Day is all about showing support for First Nations children to get the services they need to live the healthy, safe and honoured lives they deserve and have a right to. The Canadian government has so far failed to comply with a 2016 Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling that found the government is racially discriminating against First Nations children and their families by not providing services that other children have access to. Have a Heart Day supports the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society’s efforts to change this situation.
There are several ways to get involved in Have a Heart Day:
Send a Valentine to the Prime Minister and your MP, calling for immediate action and an end to discrimination;
Raise awareness in your workplace, school or community (try an activity or talk about it), and spread the word through social media;
Come to Parliament Hill from 10:30-11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 to show support. Bring your letter, song or poem of respect, support and love for First Nations children!