Each year Canada celebrates children, children’s rights, and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20th: National Child Day. The Coalition works with our member organizations to highlight children’s rights on this significant day.
National Child Day 2017: This year the CCRC highlights the benefits of the Convention on the Rights of the Child for Canada. A public statement calls on all governments to use the upcoming review to respond to the many recommendations for improvement in the last review. Implementation of the Convention would help to address gaps in public policy for children and improve Canada’s middle or low ranking on international assessments of child well-being. Public statement in French.
Child Rights Education Week (CREW)
November 20 – 26, 2017
The focus this year is Article 4 and Article 12.
Video Project: Young people and adults are invited to share short videos that celebrate children’s rights. See the website at http://www.cyanb.ca/en/education/crew-national/video-project. Re Awareness of Rights: Resources to raise awareness about children’s rights are also available, including games for kids.
CREW is sponsored by the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates.
Details at: http://www.cyanb.ca/en/education/crew-national
Journal Release at Landon Pearson Resource Center
November 23, 4 – 6 p.m. 2017 Dunton Town, Carleton University, Ottawa
A special issue of the Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights on the rights of Indigenous Children will be released at the 10th Anniversary of the Landon Pearson Resource Center for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights. A donor event is being organized by “Friends” of the Centre.
Information at https://carleton.ca/departments/landon-pearson-resource-centre-for-the-study-of-childhood-childrens-rights/.
Bring Your MP to School Day
UNICEF Canada’s annual Bring Your MP to School Day brings elected parliamentarians to children and youth to discuss the issues that matter to them. Children have the right to be heard and MPs have the duty to listen and ensure decisions support children’s universal human rights. See www.unicef.ca/ncd.
25 Years of Implementation: How Are We Doing?
A factsheet prepared by the CCRC focuses on progress on the outcomes of the last review of Canada, in lead-up to next review in 2018. Available for distribution to increase public awareness about implementation of the Convention.
Available at http://rightsofchildren.ca/uncategorized/25th-anniversary-of-ratification-of-crc-in-canada-how-are-we-doing/
General Resources to Raise Awareness about Children’s Rights
Check the resources page to find child-friendly posters of the Convention, copies of the Convention, and factsheets on the basic principles in the Convention.