FOH Resources


United Nation’s Conventions on the Rights of the Child

Recognizing and stating the different rights a child has.

“Recalling that, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations has proclaimed that childhood is entitled to special care and assistance…”

United Nation’s Conventions on the Rights of the Child in child friendly language

Poster of the United Nation’s Conventions on the Rights of the Child in child friendly language.

United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Recognizing and stating the rights of Indigenous people.

United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Written for adolescent boys and girls

Play it Fair – Ages: 6-12

Are you looking for easy to use activities and games to promote positive values and encourage the development of an environment that fosters inclusion, respect and cooperation in your classroom, day camp or after-school program? Check out our Play it Fair! toolkit for children aged 6-12. Created by Equitas.

First Nations Wellness

“To achieve a healthy lifestyle, the First Nations Health Authority has identified 4 key Wellness Streams. These Streams represent wellness areas that – if pursued – could greatly improve First Nations health and wellness. Setting goals in each of these Wellness Streams can have major impacts on your health.

Find information, tips and resources related to the four wellness streams in the website!”



Building Effective Youth/Adult Partnerships for a Stronger Child and Youth Mental Health System


Waiting for Change – The Youth Action Committee

A zine with collections of personal stories and youth-led policy recommendations to address the issue of wait times in the child and youth mental health system



Feathers of Hope First Nations Youth Action Plan

It’s a Matter of Time – Systemic Review of Secure Isolation in Ontario Youth Justice Facilities

“Solitary confinement, or secure isolation as it is known in Ontario’s youth justice system, has generated significant concern both in Canada and internationally. Questions about the practice have been the focus in two recent inquests into the deaths of young people in this province: Ashley Smith, a teenager who died in a federal penitentiary, and a young man who passed away in 2008 while incarcerated at a youth justice facility.

The Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth conducted this review in order to understand more about the use of secure isolation in youth justice facilities in Ontario”

Feathers of Hope Justice and Juries Report

Jury Recommendations based on the verdict of Thunder Bay 7 First Nations Inquest

First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries

Report of the Independent Review conducted by the Honourable Frank Iacobucci


Searching for Home: Reimaging Residential Care

“In keeping with the vision for reforming child welfare brought forward by the young people who wrote or helped prepare these documents, and inspired by work of Dr. Korczak, we wanted to ensure that the Review Panel’s work was informed by the same young people who brought these documents to fruition. Their thoughts are contained in the pages of this report and remind us of what is possible when young people are provided with an opportunity to contribute as equal partners in creating change.”

Serious Occurrences Report: Preliminary Report, February 2016

“Some of the things that happen in children’s residences1 are deemed to be of such significance that, when they occur, must be reported to the Ontario government within 24 hours. These incidents are known as “serious occurrences” and notification is made to the government by means of a “Serious Occurrence Report”. To understand more about the types of serious occurrences that are reported across the province and how often these events take place, the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth (“Advocate’s Office”) examined serious occurrences, submitted to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (“MCYS”), during the first three months of 2014.”


The Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health

School-Based Health Alliance refining health for kids and teens

Generation No Kid Hungry

Youth Health Rights

“In 2015, the Young Canadians Roundtable Roundtable on Health (YCRH) identified a glaring gap in the knowledge of in the knowledge of Canadian youth about their health rights and how to exercise them. Young people told us that they didn’t know how their access to health care was protected under the law, how this access varied across the country, and what they could do to advocate for improvements to ensure that our health system is responsive to the evolving needs of young Canadians.”


We Have Something to Say

“Young people and their families speak out about special needs and change”


Aboriginal Youth Leadership Toolkit

Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC)

Youth Engagement toolkit

“The Youth Engagement Toolkit guides teams of adults and youth through a process of four collaborative meetings to: Explore values and beliefs about youth engagement, Assess current youth engagement practice, Create a plan to strengthen youth engagement, Review progress towards strengthening youth engagement”

Youth Engagement Toolkit – Evaluation Tool


Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

“In order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission makes the following calls to action.”

Canada’s Residential Schools: Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation Final Report – Executive Summary

What We Have Learned: Principles of Truth and Reconciliation

The Survivors Speak: A Report on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Canada’s Residential Schools. Volume 1, Part 1

Canada’s Residential Schools. Volume 1, Part 2

Canada’s Residential Schools: The Inuit and Northern Experience

Canada’s Residential Schools: The Metis Experience

Canada’s Residential Schools: Missing Children and Unmarked Burials

Canada’s Resdiential Schools: The Legacy


2015 Annual Report to the Legislature

“In the following pages we provide profiles and a snapshot of projects we have been working on this year. These profiles are drawn from interviews with some of the advocacy and Youth Amplifier staff here at the Office. As you will see throughout this year’s report, when young people have the support and mentorship of adult advocacy staff, their voices — combined with hope and opportunity — lead inevitably to change”

2016 Annual Report to the Legislature

“This year, the work of our Office and our children and youth partners have brought Ontario to the cusp of significant change. Over the years, instrumental and incremental change has certainly taken place, but “fundamental change,” as young people call it, has remained elusive. Many of the changes that young people have spoken powerfully and articulately about now seem within reach.”

2017 Annual Report to the Legislature

“This year’s annual report details the tremendous amount of work the Office undertook this year. In many ways, it is the culmination of a decade-long work plan that has involved children and youth at every step.”

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