Wednesday, Jan 24th: Raising the Villages Meeting.

Dear Melanie,ONE WEEK from today is the Raising the Villages – Mawiomi W’Jit Mijuwajijk Planning for Action summit. Please join us on Wednesday, January, 24th in the Bear Head room at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre at 9:30 am.  Everyone is welcome to our full day event, and the venue is accessible to all. Bring your neighbours, friends, and family members, to take action now.

Now is the time to reduce poverty.  Now is the time to reduce childhood vulnerability.  Now is the time to reduce social isolation.  Now is the time to create the welcoming spaces and communities our children deserve from the beginning of life.  Now is the time to come together, commit, and take action.

The past year has taken us on a journey of curiosity, learning and growth.  The Raising the Villages movement has asked the people of western Cape Breton what is working, and what more is needed, through community conversations and events.  We will be sharing the highlights of these conversations at our summit.  A declaration to guide our collective actions has been developed from your input and will be presented.  We will share a meal together and then we will use this information and commitment to take action for our children from the beginning of life.

From the community conversations, these four actions have been developed to guide the Raising the Villages movement:
*welcoming communities and spaces
*reconciliation in action
*coordinating, connecting, and communicating
*community based decision making

Through working together upstream, we can try to prevent vulnerabilities in our children later in their lifetime.  We can do this by providing communities that are welcoming and safe.  We can also coordinate a loving place for our children where they will benefit from connecting to other cultures, languages, and community members.  We are stronger together.

A free lunch will be provided and child minding services are available.

Please join us in ‘Raising the Villages’ – Mawiomi W’Jit Mijuwajijk!

RSVP to Christine Villneff at 902-258-3220, or by email

We are able to hold our Planning for Action summit due to the generous funding received by Raising the Villages from local municipalities, the Canada 150 Community Fund, United Way Cape Breton, Wagmatcook First Nation, and financial assistance from the Province of Nova Scotia’s Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage through the Diversity and Community Capacity Fund.  Thank you all so very much!

The Planning for Action summit is a vital step forward to enhance the quality of life for all in western Cape Breton and is in celebration of the region’s citizens and Canada’s 150th birthday.

The Early Years, Starting Strong –
creating welcoming spaces to connect and belong.

Warm Wishes,
Raising the Villages Organizing Team