February 14 is Have a Heart Day!
Have a Heart Day is a national child and youth-led reconciliation initiative focusing on Indigenous children. Children and youth are invited to write Valentine’s day cards to the Prime Minister and federal Members of Parliament showing their support that Indigenous children have the services they need to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy and be proud of who they are.
On any Sunday in February, invite Presbyterian children and youth to make Valentine’s Day cards — cards can be sent, at any time, postage free to Parliament Hill.
Have a Heart Day is lead by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. Dr. Cindy Blackstock is the executive director of the Caring Society and the 2017 recipient of the PCC’s E.H. Johnson award for her work to advocate for the just treatment and access to services for Indigenous children.
A Prayer for Have a Heart Day
by the Rev. Peter Bush, Moderator of the 143rd General Assembly
Creator God, you made all people, sending them east and west, north and south.
We thank you for the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island.
By your Holy Spirit, teach us to walk together, Indigenous peoples and settler peoples, original inhabitants and newcomers, to be good caregivers to this land.
We pray for children, asking that they would receive the love and support they need. Give them families and communities to care for and nurture them. Give them schools and other programs where they can develop their interests and gifts.
Move us and the federal and provincial governments to act so Indigenous communities have clean water, adequate and appropriate housing, and access to health care.
These things we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who took children on his knee and blessed them. Amen.