TORONTO, Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Today is National Child Day and marks the
24th anniversary when Canada adopted the United Nations Convention on the
Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Each year, this day reminds us to
celebrate our children and the rights they are afforded through the
UNCRC and recognize those who are marginalized and whose rights do not
"The UNCRC gives us a vision of what life could be like for children and
youth and what they should expect from all of us. For many children and
youth in my mandate, it's not yet a reality. They are largely invisible
and often feel left out of their own lives," said Irwin Elman,
Ontario's Advocate for Children and Youth. "Today, we can renew our
efforts as a province and provide opportunities for our children to be
heard. Their lived experience is a vital source of wisdom and we must
listen to them. If we are going to improve the lives of young people,
we need to live and breathe the UNCRC in our practice."
Throughout the day, staff of the Advocate's office will attend
youth-focused events across the province to mark National Child Day.
Notably, some of the young people from the Advocate's office who are
leading Feathers of Hope, a movement to address the issue of suicide and hopelessness that
affects many First Nations children and youth, will present their
vision for safer, healthier communities at the Assembly of First
Nations National Youth Summit in Saskatoon.
We encourage young people and everyone to learn more about the rights of
children and youth by reading the UNCRC child and youth friendly version. For more information about the Provincial Advocate, please visit our website. You can also join the conversation and follow the Provincial Advocate
on Twitter (@OntarioAdvocate) and our youth-focused initiatives: Our Voice Our Turn (@ourvoiceourturn); You Are Not Alone (@OPACYYANA); I Do Care (@projectIDC) and Feathers of Hope (@FOHTBay).
About the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth
The Office of the Provincial Advocate reports directly to the
Legislature and provides an independent voice for children and youth,
including children with special needs and First Nations children. The
Provincial Advocate receives and responds to concerns from children,
youth and families who are seeking or receiving services under the
Child and Family Services Act and the Education Act (Provincial and
Demonstration Schools). The Provincial Advocate identifies systemic
problems involving children, conducts reviews and provides education
and advice on the issue of advocacy and the rights of children. The
Office is guided by the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights
of the Child and has a strong commitment to youth involvement.
SOURCE: Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth
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