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One Child Every Child

A Canada-first research initiative with a vision for all children to be healthy, empowered and thriving.

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One Child Every Child Strategic Catalyst Grants

A new program designed to initiate collaborative interdisciplinary research across One Child Every Child partner institutions and with community partners. 

A World Where Every Kid Can Thrive

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Celebrating all the little sparks – kids across Canada and around the world.

Written by Sarah McGinnis
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All Children Living Their Fullest, Brightest Lives

In 2020, UNICEF ranked Canada 30th out of 38 wealthy countries in child health and wellness outcomes. 

One Child Every Child seeks to change that.

It transforms child health research in Canada, promotes Indigenous-led knowledge creation and self-determination, and drives discovery and innovation. This groundbreaking initiative builds the foundation for global excellence and leadership in research to help every child and community to thrive.

Our equity, diversity and inclusion action plan will embrace children at intersections and invest in community-led research projects to create a child and youth health hub focused on equity-deserving children.

Canada First Research Excellence Fund

About Canada First Research Excellence Fund

The Canada First Research Excellence Fund invests in the research strengths of postsecondary institutions so they can achieve global change. The Government of Canada is investing $125 million in the University of Calgary’s One Child Every Child initiative – one of the largest ever awarded to a university in Alberta. By bringing together researchers, community partners, health-care providers, equity-deserving groups, educators and Indigenous communities, One Child Every Child dramatically improves the lives of children across Canada and beyond.

Walking Parallel Paths

One Child Every Child is guided by ii’ taa’poh’to’p, the UCalgary Indigenous Strategy, and walks parallel paths with Indigenous Elders and scholars to encompass the wisdom, voices and priorities of Indigenous peoples for the betterment of all. 

One Child Every Child brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, child health research institutes, education and healthcare providers, equity-deserving groups, local, national and global stakeholders to accelerate outcomes for children and their families. 

Rose and Elder Reg Crowshoe at the 2022 Child Health and Wellness Retreat

Rose and Elder Reg Crowshoe at the 2022 Child Health and Wellness Retreat

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Healing Garden handprints at Alberta Children's Hospital

Healing Garden handprints at Alberta Children's Hospital

Dr. Francois Bernier

A Global Community of Partners

More than four decades of community support through the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation has enabled the University of Calgary to recruit and retain the most productive concentration of child health scientists in the country. In 2020, the University of Calgary became the first university in Canada to declare child health and wellness an institutional research priority.

One Child Every Child represents an unprecedented partnership of 132 organizations from 25 countries is committed to helping all children be healthy, empowered and thriving.

Over 250 unique health delivery organizations – from hospitals and rehabilitation centres to community outreach and home care providers – have joined the cause. By bringing everyone together, One Child Every Child dramatically improves the lives of children across Canada and beyond. 

Driven by Partnerships and Collaborations

  • Athabasca University
  • University of Alberta, through the Women and Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI)
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Lethbridge
  • Azrieli Foundation
  • Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation
  • Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute
  • Alberta Health Services Department of Paediatrics
  • Alberta Innovates
  • Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit (AbSPORU)
  • Children's Healthcare Canada
  • Innovate Calgary
  • Inspiring Health Futures
  • Owerko Centre
  • UNICEF Canada
  • University of Calgary
  • Women and Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI)
  • Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation
  • Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute
  • Alberta Health Services Department of Paediatrics
  • Alberta Innovates
  • Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit (AbSPORU)
  • Alberta Women's Health Foundation (AWHF)
  • Athabasca University
  • Autism Alliance of Canada
  • Azrieli Foundation
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters/ Boys and Girls Club (Calgary and Edmonton)
  • Bioinformatics Network Alberta (BioNet)
  • Black Health Alliance
  • Black Opportunity Fund
  • Black Physicians of Canada
  • Blackfoot Confederacy
  • Burns Memorial Fund
  • Calgary Board of Education
  • Calgary Counselling Centre
  • Calgary Family Therapy Centre
  • Calgary Reads
  • Canadian Pediatric Society
  • Canadian Rare Disease Network
  • Canadian Womens Foundation
  • Care4Rare Canada Consortium
  • Carrier Sekani Family Services
  • carya
  • Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS)
  • Centre for Newcomers
  • Children First Canada
  • Children's Cottage Society
  • Children's Healthcare Canada
  • Children's Link
  • Community Safety Strategies
  • CORD, Canadian Organization for Rare Diseases
  • Cowichan Tribes Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre
  • CUPS
  • FaceBase Hub
  • First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba (FNHSSM)
  • First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) in British Columbia (BC)
  • Fort Vermillion School District
  • Government of Alberta
  • headversity
  • HeLTI Canada
  • Hull Services
  • IMAGINE Citizens Network
  • Indigenous Wellness Core (AHS)
  • Innovate Calgary
  • Inspiring Health Futures
  • Institute of Health Economics
  • Islamic Family and Social Services Association
  • Juniper Midwives
  • Karolinska Institutet Department of Global Health
  • Kids Brain Health Network
  • Kids Cancer Care
  • Kindred
  • Kishaadigeh Collaborative Research Centre at The University of Winnipeg
  • Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (Luna)
  • Maternal Infant Child and Youth Research Network (MICYRN)
  • Maternal Newborn Child & Youth (MNCY) Strategic Clinical Network™ (SCN™)
  • McMaster University Midwifery Program
  • Morley Community School
  • National Aboriginal Council of Midwives
  • NEIHR National Coordinating Centre
  • Ontario Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research (ON NEIHR) - Holistic Indigenous Mental Health and Wellness: Transforming Health Care Strengths and Solutions (HIMHW)
  • Owerko Centre
  • Palix Foundation
  • Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
  • Peace Wapiti Public School Division
  • PolicyWise for Children & Families
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Research Institute Directors' Forum/ MICYRN members
  • Saskatchewan Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research (SK-NEIHR)
  • Sinneave Family Foundation
  • Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
  • Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP)
  • The Summit: Marian & Jim Sinneave Centre for Youth Resilience
  • Trellis Society
  • UBC Faculty of Medicine Indigenous Health Engagement
  • UNICEF Canada
  • United Way of Calgary and Area
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Lethbridge
  • Vecova
  • Winsport
  • Women and Children's Health Research Institute (WCHRI)
  • Wood's Homes
  • Worldwide Universities Network
  • 2 Spirited People of the 1st Nations, Canada
  • Aachen University, Germany
  • Aboriginal midwifes, Mi’kmaw Nation, Canada
  • Cassie + Friends, British Columbia, Canada
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia & Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Department of Pediatrics, Alberta Children's Hospital, Canada
  • Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Duke Children's Hospital and Health Centre, USA
  • European Reference Network, Netherlands
  • EuroQoi Research Fou8ndation, Netherlands
  • Faculty of Pharmacy, Universite de Montreal, Canada
  • Hacettepe University, Turkey
  • Harvard Pilgrim Care Institute & Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts, USA
  • HeLTi Canada, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Hospital for SickKids, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Hospital Sant Joan de Deu & Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
  • International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, Kings College London, UK
  • Israeli Association for Patients suffering from Rheumatic, Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases, Israel
  • Kamehameha Schools, USA
  • Kids Help Phone, Canada
  • la Sociedad Argentina de Reumatologia, Argentina
  • Lili‘uokalani Trust, USA
  • McMaster Children's Hospital, McMaster University, Canada
  • McMaster University, Kouyoumdjian, Canada
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Maryland, USA
  • National University of La Plata, Centre for Translational Medicine of the Hospital El Cruce, Argentina
  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Chile
  • Queens University, Canada
  • Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital & University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Seattle Children's Hospital & University of Washington, USA
  • Semmelweis University, Hungary
  • Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • SingHealth Translational Immunology Institute & KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore
  • St. Olavs Hospital & Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Texas Children's Hospital & Baylor College of Medicine, USA
  • The Moss Bag Project, Canada
  • The Northern Birthwork Collective, Canada
  • UCSF School of Medicine, HOPE Consortium & University of California San Francisco, USA
  • University Children's Hospital Basel, Switzerland
  • University Hospital Tubingen, Germany
  • University Medical Center Utrecht, Wilhelmina Children's Hospital, Netherlands
  • University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • University of British Columbia, Canada
  • University of Michigan, USA
  • University of New Brunswick, Canada
  • University of Sydney, Australia
  • University of Washington, USA
  • Wayne State University, Michigan, USA
  • Western University, Canada

An International Research Network

UCalgary was the first in Canada to declare child health a research priority with the Child Health and Wellness Research Strategy. Building on this strategy, One Child Every Child is connected with all U15 universities, and powered by local, national and international networks. Core research partners include the University of Alberta, University of Lethbridge, and Athabasca University.

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