National Family Week

Each fall, during the first week of October, Canadians in communities across the country come together for local celebrations during National Family Week. The week provides an opportunity to celebrate families and reflect on their importance in our lives.

In 1985 the Government of Canada, proclaimed this an official week, and it was initiated and coordinated for over 20 years by Family Service Canada.

Since 2007, the Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs has assumed the coordination role and, together with other National Family Week partners, offers resources relating to an annual theme including ideas for fun activities that families can do together.

Here is a link to FRP Canada’s website:  Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs (FRP Canada)



In recognition of National Family Week (October 6 – 12, 2014), there have been two Proclamations signed by city Mayors of Vancouver and Surrey.

In 2013, Vancouver Mayor, Gregor Robertson signed a Proclamation declaring October 9th as “Family Place Day”.

And, this year, Surrey Mayor, Dianne Watts signed a Proclamation confirming that the City of Surrey recognizes the week of October 6-12, 2014 as National Family Week.

Let’s build on this! It would be exciting to see how many Mayors can be encouraged to sign a Proclamation by next year in recognition National Family Week.

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