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Intergenerational Day Canada
WHAT IS INTERGENERATIONAL DAY?
Intergenerational Day was initiated in 2010 by i2i Society and 5 student groups from Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba & British Columbia, with the financial support of the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Intergenerational Day was born in 2010, out of the momentum created by World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). Isolation and loneliness are the two leading causes of poor health in Canada for older adults and for young people alike. For seniors, social isolation is also a major risk factor for elder abuse and neglect. The purpose of IG Day, as it is often referred to, is to illustrate and honour the richness of intergenerational partnerships through varied initiatives and to encourage connections and understanding between age groups, as a prevention approach and a way to encourage all-ages-friendly communities.To date, 12 provinces and territories and over 100 cities have officially recognized the day with 3 provinces (ON, MB, NB) and the Toronto District School Board proclaiming it by law, in-perpetuity. This year, larger celebrations are taking place at a city-wide level in Toronto, Calgary, and Ottawa.
HOW TO CELEBRATE THE DAY
There is no one way to celebrate. Over the years, activities have ranged from community celebrations to readings in Legislature; rural organizations connecting generations with farming tools and practice; picnics and more! IG Day can be marked by everyone. People are acknowledging Intergenerational day and highlighting its purpose through real-life activities and social media campaigns, with photo ops, on blogs or in schools. Look for listing on local event calendars, and in newsletters of national organizations. There are many ways to celebrate on June 1st. Your event doesn’t have to be on June 1st, you can make it a week-long affair.
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