Helping children rise since 2010

For measures like human security, education, and standard of living, Canada is 12th in the world on the 2018 UN Human Development Index. But applied to Indigenous communities? Canada’s rank falls to 63rd.

A decade ago, Right To Play launched programming in Canada in two Indigenous communities. Today, more than 85 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities and organizations implement our programs, empowering youth to guide themselves to a better tomorrow. And, for those Right to Play reaches, it works.

But demand is higher than ever. Thousands of kids are missing their chance. At this watershed moment, the need to make a difference is urgent; the will to make things right has never been stronger. Now is our time to heal wounds inflicted by past generations and inspire future generations to succeed.

PLAY youth

Right To Play’s Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program partners with Indigenous communities and urban organizations to train locally-hired Community Mentors to deliver weekly play-based programs that promote healthy living, healthy relationships, education and employability life-skills to over 6,000 children and youth. Community Mentors are trained and supported by Right To Play staff as they develop programs that are responsive to the individual needs of their community.

Y2Y students

Right To Play's Youth To Youth (Y2Y) program has been working since 2010 to train and support Youth Leaders, educators and youth workers across Toronto to create safe and inclusive opportunities for children and youth to play and learn on schoolyards and in community centres. After 10 exceptional years of supporting youth across Toronto, the Youth To Youth(Y2Y) program wrapped up for good at the end of the 2019/2020 school year. Learn more from our latest Annual Report.

No matter their identity or background, Right To Play is helping Canada’s youth transform themselves from the uncertain to the unstoppable.