2016 is the 25th Anniversary of Canada’s Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – time to ask about progress in implementation. Substantive progress in some areas is combined with no action in others, based on recommendations to Canada in the last review of children’s rights in 2012. The CCRC offers this sampling of progress across the full range of recommendations as a start to preparations for the next full review. Canada’s next report is due in July, 2018. The CCRC proposes improvements in the process to make and assess progress in Canada before the next international review. For distribution, discussion, and feedback: ccrc-25th-anniversary-of-ratification-flyer
November 22: Panel and Workshop discussion on how children’s rights could improve federal/provincial/first nations cooperation to benefit all children in Canada. 2016 is the 25th Anniversary of Ratification of the Convention on the Rights on the Child. Implementation remains a challenge. This topic is timely because progress in many areas involves more several governing bodies. Sponsored by the CCRC and partners at the University of Ottawa.
The CCRC has proposed a way to strengthen Canada’s international assistance program. In a submission for the current review, the CCRC proposes that the Convention on the Rights of the Child be adopted as the framework for all international assistance that impacts children, rather than being one small area of programming. This would improve sustainability of outcomes; it would addressing governance issues as well as immediate needs; and it would provide coherence between the various parts of Canada’s international relations with other countries. The CCRC proposes the use of Child Rights Impact Assessments as a tool to ensure that all the rights of children are considered in all aspects of programming. See CCRC Submission for Review of International Assistance.
For many years the CCRC has proposed establishment of a National Children’s Commissioner as a focal point for implementation of children’s rights in Canada. The need for and benefit of such an office have been well-documented. What we need now is a national dialogue to build consensus on the mandate and how the office would work with young people and other government agencies, such as the provincial children’s advocates. Organizations and individuals are asked to support and help promote a joint call to action:Joint Call to Action and Elements for Discussion re Canadian Commissioner for Children and Youth; Appel à la concertation pour un Commissaire canadien à l’enfance et à la jeunesse.
The review of Canada’s international assistance program provides an opportunity to make the Convention on the Rights of the Child a comprehensive framework for policies that affect children. The benefit would be greater impact for children through coherence and integration between all aspects of program and policy. The CCRC also proposed that a Child Rights Impact Assessment tool be used to identify impacts for children in other program areas, such as economic development and sustainability. In addition to a submission to a parliamentary committee reviewing sectoral priorities, the CCRC will make similar proposals to a more comprehensive department-led review.CCRC submission for Study of Sectoral Priorities in International Assistance final.