Child and Youth in Care Week
A Week of the Celebration of the Voices, Experiences, and Accomplishments of Youth in and from Care
Child and Youth in Care Week is about celebrating the power of youth voice and acknowledging the amazing young people from care from across the Province of Saskatchewan.Saskatchewan Youth in Care and Custody Network members have dreamed for many years about the reality of having a week to celebrate the uniqueness and achievements of every child and youth in and from government care.
At the 2012 SYICCN "Born To Lead" conference participants from around Saskatchewan came together and created letters, photos, and postcards, to show why proclaiming a week dedicated to celebrating children and youth in and from government care would be so important to them. These amazing works were put together, by SYICCN staff and board, in a submission to the Ministry of Social Services in Fall of 2013 to request Provincial Proclamation for a week dedicated to celebrating all children and youth in and from government care. The request was accepted and supported by the Ministry of Social Services, promised by former Minister June Draude, and so, every year we set a week aside to publicly celebrate the diversity, uniqueness, and achievements of children and youth in and from government care.
It is our hope that Child and Youth in Care Week will help to continue to educate individuals and communities around the stigmas surrounding children, youth and alumni of government care, and encourage those individuals and communities to broaden their perspectives, to learn from, to support and to stand with young people from government care!