TORONTO, May 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Ontario's Provincial Advocate for Children
and Youth supports the report released today by James Anaya, the United
Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples. Earlier
this year, the Provincial Advocate released a report by First Nations
youth that urges all levels of government and First Nations leaders to
partner with young people to create safer, healthier communities for
northern remote fly-in First Nations communities.
The young people leading Feathers of Hope were honoured to have an
opportunity to meet the rapporteur during his visit to Canada to talk
about the issues identified in, Feathers of Hope: A First Nations Youth Action Plan. The youth told him about their recommendations to address hopelessness
in their communities and he assured them that they are on the right
track and encouraged them to continue their work.
The Aboriginal population is the youngest and fastest growing segment of
Canada's population, yet the children are among the most disadvantaged
of all children in the country and struggle for rights that come more
easily to non-Aboriginal children.
"I believe the report is a call for a coordinated response by federal,
provincial and First Nations peoples to address the systemic dimensions
of colonialism that deny many First Nations people the ability to shape
and inform the social and economic factors that must be present to
build and sustain healthy communities." said Irwin Elman, Provincial
Advocate for Children and Youth.
"We need to pay close attention to the observations made by the
rapporteur," says Elman. "We also need to listen to the voice and
perspective of Aboriginal youth who are the future leaders of our
country. We thank Mr. Anaya for his work and hope the new rapporteur
continues to closely monitor Canada's progress."
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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 and youth 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
SOURCE: Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth
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