by Alanna Smith, member of AI Toronto and Action Network on Women's Human Rights
On Wednesday February 12th the Amnesty's Action Network on Women’s Human Rights and fellow Amnesty supporters met at the AITO office in Toronto to create Valentine cards for Prime Minister Harper, in support of the Have a Heart Campaign by First Nations Child and Family Services. The campaign aims to raise awareness and promote change regarding the basic human rights of First Nations children and this is the third year in a row the event is being organized in the AI Toronto offices.
A lot of colourful and creative cards were made by participants (for many of them this was their first AI event!) and here are some of the heartfelt messages:
“Roses are red/ Dahlias are black/First Nations children/Need you to have their back!”
“This Canadian heart has a safe home, a good education, is healthy, is proud of our culture. But not all Canadian hearts enjoy such services. Give First Nations children the same chance to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy and proud of their cultures.”
“Dear PM Harper, Have a Heart! Don’t make First Nations children fight for services all other Canadians enjoy!”