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OTTAWA, Oct 28 (LSN) – In a news release last week, Focus on the Family Canada published a list of declarations on the Canadian Family agreed to by over 20 pro-family and pro-life groups represented at the 11th annual Ottawa Conference on the Family held in early October.  The declaration is as follows:  1. The family is an institution ordained by God and rooted in human nature. It exists to satisfy the longings of the human heart to give and receive love, to propagate the human race, and to provide a safe and secure environment in which to nurture, teach and love children.  2. The family is society’s fundamental social unit, sharing a home that serves as the centre for social,  educational, economic and spiritual life.  3. A family is based on the lifelong covenant marriage of a man and woman and includes the children born to or adopted by them. It encompasses by extension grandparents, other close relatives, and those struggling with less-than-ideal circumstances, such as those faced by single parents.  4. Parents – not governments, courts, or other social agencies – bear the ultimate responsibility for all aspects of their children’s well-being. Any efforts which would undermine that responsibility are detrimental to the health of the family, and therefore to society.  5. We in Canada need to protect the family from those in society who, whether for social or political reasons, seek to undermine it, change its definition, or diminish its importance.  6. The family is the cradle of life, and is therefore responsible for the defence of life in all its dimensions. This includes the unborn child, the aged, the widowed, the mentally and physically challenged,  and every other condition in which humanness is expressed from conception to natural death.

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