Across Canada, families are struggling. It is near impossible to work full-time while taking care of children, with the added work of homeschooling. Parents need a break, especially those of children with disabilities, behavioural issues, and autism. And children need a break from their parents, especially those experiencing neglect or abuse.
We must support families, more specifically children, teenagers, and young adults in these uncertain times.
We must also address the many prejudices that blind us:
- Rampant systemic racism hiding the many microaggressions and covert acts of racism present in our everyday lives.
- Toxic masculinity that seeds silent acceptance for rape culture, violence towards women, girls, and members of the LGBTQIA2+ community.
- Privilege that shrinks our world view, making invisible those living in poverty, in insecure housing, with disabilities, fighting addictions, and surviving trauma.
If someone’s voice can’t be heard, we find ways to amplify it.