Craig and Marc Kielburger

How Young Canadians Become Jihadists

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Craig and Marc Kielburger

So many young Canadians are looking to make their mark on the world. Some pick up a shovel to build a school or a ladle in soup kitchens to serve the homeless. A small number choose a different way, traveling to Syria to pick up an AK-47. Where does the road diverge between the youth who choose the path of helping and those on the path of harm? And for those on the road toward extremism, are there points along their journey where they might be set on a positive path?

After Ebola, Let's Not Forget Sierra Leone

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Like a decade ago, the goal is to end the Ebola crisis and allow a nation to begin its recovery. The next step will be to re-open schools shuttered by chaos and fear, allowing the next generation of health practitioners to be educated. But success will only be achieved -- and the next crisis averted before it begins -- if we all follow the example of those Canadian children who refused to ship out of Sierra Leone until the job was done.

Annoyed at Your Homework? A Girl in Kenya Will Change Your Mind

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When the students at Kisaruni All-Girls Secondary School in rural Kenya had the opportunity to set their school hours, they pushed the limits. The girls begin their studies each morning at 4:45 a.m. and end at 10 p.m., with classroom instruction from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The grumbling resentment toward schoolwork that typifies the North American high-school experience seemed, well, positively lame, compared to the Kenyan girls' fierce dedication to learning.

Attawapiskat Finally Has a Real School Again

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.25.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In the dead of winter, minus 40 degree winds whistled through gaps around doors and windows of the decrepit portables that made up the entirety of their school. Until this month, that was life in elementary school in Attawapiskat. After a 14-year wait, children in the remote northern Ontario First Nations community have a real school again.

The Schools Keeping First Nations Kids From Turning into "Phantoms"

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In the small First Nations community of Moricetown, in central B.C., teens haunt the convenience stores and gas bars, their lives adrift. Locals call them "phantoms." Cain Michell, then 14, was one of them. His life changed when Moricetown teachers Tom and Lorna Butz came knocking in 2012,

Africa's Booming Population Needs Agricultural Innovation

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Africa's 600 million hectares of uncultivated land -- more than half the global total -- adds up to a recipe for a better food future. Agricultural innovation, education, and the resulting empowerment of women and girls promises to make the coming population boom a turning point toward truly sustainable development.

Malala's Father Is Also a Hero

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Malala Yousafzai has recovered to become a crusader for universal education. Less often do we hear about Ziauddin -- or "Zia", as he is affectionately known -- who was the family's first crusader. He is his daughter's greatest champion and confidant.

Kofi Annan: Global Solutions Will Be Defined by Youth

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Is it just us, or does the world feel a bit scarier lately? The world needs experienced leaders -- grizzled global firefighters with the wisdom to staunch the flames and guide us through turbulent times. One is Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Teen Politicians Give a Voice to Their Generation

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Many teens spend their babysitting money on something to listen to --music downloads, movies or concerts. Morgan Baskin put hers into being heard. The 18-year-old high school senior is running for mayor of Canada's largest city. Amidst the international circus that is Toronto municipal politics, Baskin is a glimmer of hope.

Gross Global Happiness Has No Limit

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Last year was the first-ever Happiness Day, and we heard plentiful advice on how to make ourselves happy. But if we want to maximize our planet's sum total of happiness, it would seem most efficient to share the fortune we have -- material, emotional and spiritual -- with those who have little.

"Feminists" or Not, Let's Teach Our Kids True Equality

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

"Feminist" is an unavoidably loaded word. If we asked a group of parents if they believe in raising children that are respectful of both men and women, and who believe in equal opportunity, we suspect the answer would be overwhelmingly, "of course." Ask that same group if they believe in raising feminists, and the response may be slightly more hesitant.

The Human Rights Issue In Sochi You Haven't Heard About

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Faster. Higher. Stronger. Cheaper? As we gather excitedly before our televisions this month to marvel at Olympic quadruple jumps and backside 1440 triple corks (yes, these tricks look as cool as they sound), yet another human rights issue in Sochi marks a stain on the ice rinks and ski chalets themselves.

Amanda Would Have Loved We Day 2013

Carol Todd | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Impact
Carol Todd

Back from WE DAY Toronto 2013. What a fantastic event. To be able to listen to the speakers and absorb what they had to say was pretty amazing. And then feeling the energy in the building with over 20,000 youth present. It was certainly one of those magical moments. Although I don't always feel the spiritual world around me, I did feel Amanda's presence at We Day Toronto.

We Day: An Inspiration For Change

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada Impact
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Inspired and compelled by celebrity luminaries including The Barenaked Ladies and Serena Ryder, as well as some particular youth favourites such as Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers, the feeling at We Day 2013 in the Air Canada Centre was electric.

Me To We Awards Honour Six Everyday Canadian Heroes

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.20.2013 | Canada Impact

It's one thing to be idealistic and mean well in life, but it's another thing to go out there and kick the world's butt to actually make a difference....

Change Maker: Farm Radio International Reaches 39 Million Farmers

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In Ada, a small district 200 kilometres east of Ghana's capital city, Accra, village meetings broke down in a hail of accusations. Fistfights erupted in the streets. Tomato farmers and goat herders were at each other's throats. Into this minefield walked Isaac Djabelety, a station manager with Farm Radio International.

Advice for a Country on Its Birthday

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

This week, HuffPost bloggers counted down to Canada Day with a series of short pieces about what they'd like to change about their home and native land. As you might imagine, the suggestions and wishes covered a wide range of territory -- from singer Jully Black's passionate plea that we support and celebrate the country's R&B soul artists, to chef Vikram Vij's wish for more experimenting with ethnic cuisines -- and food in general. I hope you'll sit back, put on some tunes, and take a few moments to check out all the ideas HuffPost contributors shared for keeping Canada strong and free.

A Visit From the Governor General Can Make All the Difference

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, wife of the Governor General of Canada's teenage audience members were victims of sexual abuse participating in an after-school art therapy program that helps them open up and talk. It's one of the many programs at Stepping Stones International -- a small organization working with orphaned and vulnerable youth in Botswana.

Behind the Headlines: Are Walkathons Worth it?

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

What is it about walking? What is it about assembling en masse in giveaway T-shirts to shuffle down blockaded streets for free chocolate milk and a participant medal? It seems to bring out the good in everyone with the promise of exercise and altruism in five-kilometre increments.

Change Maker: Victor Chan's Voyage Of Compassion With The Dalai Lama

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.25.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

If there is one person in this world we truly envy, it's Victor Chan. For more than 40 years, Chan has had the incredible opportunity to accompany one of our heroes--His Holiness the Dalai Lama--on his world travels. In a new book, Chan shares stories about the Dalai Lama's encounters with world leaders, children living in poverty, activists, and scientists, among others.

Is It Really A Problem If Your Grandma Follows You On Twitter?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada Impact

In their book, My Grandma Follows Me On Twitter: And Other First World Problems We’re Lucky To Have, Craig and Marc Kielburger take a clever and lig...

ChangeMaker: Don't Call Him Disabled

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.02.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

During his 22 years at CityTV, David Onley was an anchor, producer, science and technology specialist and weatherman. He was also Canada's first senior newscaster with a visible disability. Having lived with polio and post-polio syndrome since the age of three, he has broken down many social barriers. He has worked tirelessly to improve accessibility for all.

Peering Behind the Curtain of 60 Minutes

Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.04.2013 | Canada
Marc Kielburger

It was 16 years ago that I stood in our home-turned-headquarters and watched the legendary Ed Bradley of 60 Minutes interview my very nervous 13-year-old younger brother. It was a rare glimpse behind the scenes of one of North America's best known news shows. When 60 Minutes came calling again last year, we greeted the news with both anticipation and trepidation.

Jennifer Hudson, Justin Trudeau, Martin Sheen And More Celebs At We Day To Inspire Youth

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.02.2012 | Canada Impact

There's twenty thousand screaming kids in a stadium, and they want only one thing: To make the world a better place. That's the kind of effect that...

This Degrassi Cast Member is Making a Difference in Ghana

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.10.2012 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

We've known Munro Chambers since his TV character, Eli Goldsworthy, pulled into the parking lot of the fictional Degrassi High in his vintage Hearse. Whether he's starring in a satirical fundraising video to benefit Haiti, or building a school in Ghana, 22-year-old Chambers is making a difference. We caught up with Chambers at a build site in Ghana, where he and his fellow Degrassi: The Next Generation cast members were volunteering to build a school.