One Nation, Two Worlds

Facts

Child Welfare

Around 6,000 Aboriginal children are in foster care. This is a result of the federal government spending 22% less on child welfare services for children living on reserves.

Foster Care

Roughly 30,000 children aged 14 and under in Canada who were in foster care, nearly half (48.1%) were Aboriginal children. Hence, Aboriginal youth are 3x more likely to be estranged from their families compared to non-Aboriginal youth.

Suicide

Aboriginal youth are 5-6 times more likely to commit suicide than non-Aboriginal youth. A clear example is Attawapiskat First Nation with their state of emergency for youth suicide.

About us

One Nation, Two World focuses on helping Aboriginal youth in Canada, as well as educating others about the unjust conditions on reserve.

My name is Muriam Fancy and I am the founder of this organization. I am a second year undergraduate student at University of Toronto and the founder of this organization. This organization started by contacting a youth living in Kithcenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation community. The community is located in Northern Ontario. Together we wanted to show all mainstream Canadians truth about life on reserve from a youth perspective. We used video evidence, photos, and testimonies from youth on reserve to accomplish our goal. First we wanted to educate others in our community to raise awareness. Some issues that we plan to educate others are in regards to education, health, living conditions, and the infraction of human rights. On education, the youth (April) on reserve explained her high school education is substandard e.g. it is one to two years below the public school system in Ontario. When I (Muriam Fancy) asked her how many kids are in her grade 9 class, she explained that it depends on who is hung over the morning of a school day. According to our nation’s statistics, on average, only 40% of on-Reserve natives possess a high school diploma. April’s high school (it is the only one on her Reserve), offers only grades 9 and 10 in class. For grade 11 and 12, she would have to either leave home or complete those grades online. On health issues, many communities in Canada do not have a doctor or any medical facilities available. On the education issue, April expressed a critical need for school supplies. Her school does not have enough pencils, pens, crayons, binders etc. for the students. Please join my efforts by creating awareness about First Nations in your school.

The TEAM

Muriam Fancy

Founder & Director of Indigenous Relations

Gisselle Villagracia

Social Media Director and Human Rights Blogger

Evangeline Procopoudis

Human Rights Blogger

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