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Did you know that Save the Children runs programs here in Canada as well as around the world? Our domestic work focuses on working with indigenous children and their caregivers.


Canada was founded by three civilizations. In truth, the land was founded by many First Nations and Inuit people and later colonized by the English and French. While the English and French newcomers prospered, this union was not beneficial for the peoples who greeted the very first immigrants. Europeans who came to Canada pushed indigenous peoples to ever smaller territories and over time developed practices like the residential school system with the goal to forcibly assimilate them.

Indigenous peoples are among the nation’s most marginalized groups. Colonialism, racism, and residential schools have led to a loss of cultural identity and a range of devastating social and economic challenges.

The social cost of history is the reality faced by indigenous children today. They face challenges due to the impacts of poverty and issues such as neglect, addiction and violence that are affecting their families and communities. The statistics, however, tell only part of the story.

Indigenous children and youth today are the one of the fastest growing populations in Canada. They want and deserve a future where they can reclaim their identity, where their resilience is recognized and supported, and their culture celebrated. They want the opportunity to develop to their full potential as valued and engaged citizens within their nations and Canada. 



  • Indigenous youth are the fastest growing demographic in the country.

  • The average poverty rate for all Indigenous children is 40%, more than twice the national average of 17%.

  • 50% of status First Nations children live below the poverty line.

  • 27% of Métis, Inuit, and non-status First Nations children also fall below the line.

  • $7.5 billion – that’s how much it would cost to bring all children in Canada up to the poverty line. $1 billion would be required for Indigenous children alone, of which $580 million would be required to lift status First Nations children to the poverty line.

  • $115 billion. That’s the projected cumulative economic benefit to Canada (over twenty years) if Indigenous children had similar educational achievement to other children in Canada and if Indigenous people had lower levels of under- and unemployment, according to a study by the Centre for the Study of Living Standards.

What We Do

Save the Children, along with indigenous communities and organizations, is working to develop ways to create more positive environments that will empower a stronger sense of well-being among children and youth.

Children's Indigenous Language Project Parent-Child Bonding Supporting Education


Our Vision for Canada

Save the Children’s vision is of a reconciled Canada - a nation of equity, respect and partnership where every child attains the right to survival, safety, protection, development and participation. 

We are committed to:

  • Recognizing the diversity of the First Peoples of Canada.
  • Growing the number of projects we support in a sustainable way.
  • Working in partnership with community-led organizations.

How you can help

Support our work by making a donation today. 

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