Craig and Marc Kielburger

Canadians Need More Love and Respect For Water

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Home to 60 per cent of the world's lakes, we are a nation with water at its heart. But some thought leaders say Canadians are losing an awareness of, and passion for, our water resources. It's a connection we need to rekindle for our country to successfully tackle some serious threats to the treasure that is our water supply.

Let's Close the Gap Between Canadians and Refugees

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Canada offered asylum to a mere 11,000 of the millions of displaced Syrians. Even then, an Ekos poll in March found that 46 per cent of Canadians still feel Canada is accepting too many immigrants and refugees. A poll last year found 42 per cent believe refugees should not be given the same level of health care as Canadian citizens. We don't understand this hardening attitude. Refugees like Nisreen's family aren't criminals or freeloaders. We are just like them. But for the grace of God we could be them.

How Microfinance Helps Developing Nations

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Microfinance loans range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on the need. They help low-income Canadians start small home-based business, assist new immigrants like Zorya in getting the training they need to practice their profession, and help vulnerable individuals--like women fleeing abusive relationships--get through personal crises. We love the idea that an innovation designed to help developing communities lift themselves out of poverty could also be key to unlocking Canada's entrepreneurial potential.

Canadians Need to Ask Big Questions About Our Society

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Craig and Marc Kielburger

A national election is months away, but campaigning has already begun. While party leaders talk issues of economy and security, no one is asking the big question: what kind of society do we want? Canada is no longer one of the top five countries for integrating immigrants, a European think-tank announced in May. For decades, we've heard that Canada is a "just society" -- based on equality and freedom for all upheld in laws. We've built our just society, but is Canada becoming a less compassionate one?

Here's Scientific Proof That Poverty Can Be Inherited

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Children or adolescents from low-income families, whose parents had lower levels of education, were at higher risk of having less well-developed brains than the individuals from middle- or high-income families with better-educated parents. Interestingly, there was little difference between the brains of high- versus average- income individuals.

Medicine Hat Proves Idealism and Realism Can Walk Hand in Hand

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

This year, Medicine Hat became the first city in Canada to effectively end homelessness. Almost 900 people in this small town of 61,000 have been placed in rent-free apartments or houses. And the benefits are clear: police calls and hospital emergency room visits are down. "You're going to end homelessness? Yeah ok, good one," he recalls thinking. But the society argued that the $20,000 per year cost of housing someone was as much as four times less than the expense of policing and health care when that person lived on the streets.

Reconciliation Must Come From People, Not Just Parliament

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

As Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) releases its final report about the residential school system for aboriginal children we wonder, where is Canada's catharsis? With little media coverage up until the release of the final report, and even less public engagement, Canada has had no such emotionally transformative moment. Canada needs reconciliation. The last residential school only closed in 1996. All aboriginal communities still suffer from their impact

A Changing Battlefield Complicates the Fight to Help Child Soldiers

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.06.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Every day we witness the power of young people to transform their communities and the world. The potential lost when a child is handed an AK-47 instead of a schoolbook or soccer ball is one of the greatest tragedies imaginable. But as governments stop recruiting children, over the past year militias and terror groups like the Islamic State, or ISIS, in Iraq and Syria, and Boko Haram in Nigeria, have horrifyingly indoctrinated thousands more. And the way these militias use their children is changing in terrifying ways.

A Sense of Purpose Can Make You Live Longer

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Mabel is one of the elderly participants in an ongoing study at Rush University in Chicago. When she decided to set a goal at 85 years old to write one letter a week, she no longer felt cocooned at home because of her arthritis. Researchers, including psychologist Dr. Patricia Boyle, have discovered that having a purpose in life can actually improve our health.

West Africa Faces a Long Road to Recovery After the Ebola Crisis

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

One year ago, Ebola began its rampage across West Africa, killing thousands in countries like Sierra Leone and Liberia. After a year of horror, the disease is finally under control. Restrictions are slowly being lifted. Life should be returning to normal. But will life in West Africa ever be "normal" again?

We Must Pay More Than Lip Service to Our Soldiers and Veterans

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When Canadian soldiers returned from World War II, local business and community leaders formed committees to ensure vets had jobs and the support they needed to start a new life. It's time to re-examine that idea. Soldiers deserve more than a handshake when their service ends. "Support our Troops" must be more than an empty slogan on a bumper sticker.

A Unique Pen Pal Project Brings the Yemen Conflict Home for Ontario Students

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

As part of a modern-day pen pal project for kids at North Ward Public School in Paris, Ont., students are corresponding with an aid worker and peace activists in Yemen. These young Canadians -- who have never known war first-hand -- now understand the far-off conflict better than their parents and many other adults. And they're bringing solace to people beleaguered by violence.

The Next 10 Years Will Offer Limitless Options to Change the World for the Better

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When we set out in 1995 to end child labour, we stood on a straight road with just two directions to choose from: donate to a charity, or start one. It's incredible how much has changed in the world of "doing good" since then. It's been thrilling to see the growth of social enterprise and corporate citizenship over the last 10 years. Even more thrilling is what these changes will mean for the average consumer over the next decade.

What 20 Years Has Taught Us: Empowering People to Be Changemakers

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When we help, the patient become the doctor, the student become the teacher, the troubled youth become the counsellor -- when the helped becomes the helper -- the impact multiplies by orders of magnitude. It's the difference between giving youth a seedling to plant, and empowering them to lead their community in growing forest.

Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Go Hand in Hand

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. When Mom Necessity visited Sam Goldman one dark African night, she came disguised as a broken lantern and a poisonous snake.

#BringBackOurGirls and the Limits of Clicktivism

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

One year later, what has #BringBackOurGirls accomplished? It didn't bring the girls home. Second-hand reports suggest that 57 of the girls escaped their captors, but the rest are still out there, likely sold off as child brides (or sex slaves). Recently, a UN official said there's evidence they may be dead. It's a sad illustration of the limitations of "clicktivism" -- the use of online media to advance causes. There must be a plan to engage supporters once they've clicked, and keep them engaged, even after the hashtag stops trending.

Fighting Climate Change Is Fighting for Human Rights

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Last week, the world observed Earth Hour. Across Canada people flipped off the lights in a symbolic gesture to support action against climate change. But some influential voices like Watt-Cloutier and Mary Robinson -- former prime minister of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner -- suggest we're looking at climate change the wrong way. Climate change is not only an environmental issue, they say. It's also a human rights issue.

The Unique Law School Coming Soon to Happy-Centric Bhutan

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In February, the king of Bhutan signed the royal charter for a school of law -- the very first in this tiny Asian nation. This law school will be unique. It will experiment with new methods for training lawyers that engage them in the country's drive for greater prosperity through happiness.

The Masculinity Crisis Is Important to Explore

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Boys and young men often erect a front of dominance, control, even aggression, because they believe that is what is expected of them. That toxic culture has tragic consequences. In Canada, the male suicide rate is three times that of women. Boys are three to five times more likely to drop out of high school than girls.

A Generous Donation Makes Charities Think Harder About Cooperation

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When Canadian music industry mogul Gary Slaight announced his foundation was giving a $7 million donation to seven non-profit organizations, he didn't just hand over a cheque. He presented a vision. Slaight wants non-profits to come out of their silos and change the world with cooperation.

Reflecting on Nunavut's First 15 Years

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.28.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Earlier this month, Inuit leaders and others gathered in Ottawa to look back at the past 15 years and, more importantly, discuss Nunavut's future. With pressure growing to resolve many outstanding aboriginal treaty issues across Canada, it's worth looking at the Nunavut experience.

Human Trafficking Is Part of the Story of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Aboriginal women and girls are at higher risk of becoming victims of human trafficking in Canada than non-aboriginals, according to Canada's National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking. This selling and abusing of people -- a modern-day form of slavery -- is one of the pieces that make up the complex puzzle of Canada's more than 1,100 missing and murdered aboriginal women. And another reason we must take action.

An Invitation to Understand This Remote First Nations Community

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

For the youth of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation community, the nearest high school is hundreds of kilometres away by plane. If you break a bone, it's another flight for treatment. But despite the challenges they face, none of the residents of this remote fly-in northern Ontario community would abandon their homes and land.

The One Issue Chief Bellegarde Wants To Fix Right Now

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Language is highly personal issue for this leader. He told us he didn't learn his own Cree tongue until university and that profoundly impacted his sense of identity. Knowing their own language, he argues, is essential for First Nations children because "studies have shown that when a child is fluent in their indigenous language, they're more successful in school and life."

A Long, Burdensome Road for Syrian Refugees and Their Canadian Sponsors

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.31.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Militias set fire to homes with families still inside. From her safe refuge here in Canada, Dahlia heard the horrific reports and knew she had to get her family out of Syria. But to sponsor them as refugees in Canada would take an agonizing 18 months of bureaucracy and cost tens of thousands of dollars. Dahlia's ordeal raises the question, Are the demands of sponsorship too great for Canadians to bear?