EDMONTON, March 26, 2019 /CNW/ - The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA) has released a statement calling on governments across the country to take action to advance and uphold the rights of children and youth.
The statement highlights a number of issues eroding the rights of young people, including the elimination of the Ontario Child Advocate's office and the lack of rights-based services and resources available to children and youth who fall outside the mandates of the provincial advocates' offices.
"This year marks the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most comprehensive treaty we've ever had in support of children." said Del Graff, Alberta Child and Youth Advocate, and President of the CCCYA. "Yet the systems that serve young people continue to fall short, and their advocates are being marginalized and silenced."
The statement is a reminder that Canada must continue to focus on the rights of young people so that every child can grow up safe, loved and with everything they need to fulfill their potential. Therefore, the CCCYA challenges federal, provincial and territorial governments to review their commitments to young people and ensure the required institutions and resources are in place to safeguard their rights.
Read the full statement here.
About the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates
The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates is an association of government-appointed children's advocates, ombudsman and representatives from nine provinces and two territories: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Québec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon. Advocates are independent officers of the legislatures in their respective jurisdictions.
SOURCE Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA)
For further information: Media Inquiries: Tim Chander, Communications Manager, Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (Alberta), 780-638-4064; Jeff Rud, Communications, Representative for Children and Youth (British Columbia), 250-356-0835; Ainsley Krone, Deputy Advocate, The Office of the Children's Advocate (Manitoba), 204-988-7475; Heidi Cyr, Communications Coordinator, Child and Youth Advocate (New Brunswick), 506-453-2789; Wilma MacInnis, Communications, Advocate for Children and Youth (NL and Labrador), 709-753-3888; Ron Crocker, Communications, Office of the Ombudsman, Youth Services (Nova Scotia), 902-424-2011; Kim Foster, Manager of Communications and Public Awareness, Representative for Children and Youth (Nunavut), 867-975-5091; Akihiko Tse, Communications, Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth (Ontario), 416-325-5994; Geneviève Dorais-Beauregard, Directrice adjointe éducation-coopération et communications, Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (Quebec), 514-873-5146 (ext. 211); Jean-François Gagnon (Alternate / Quebec), 514-873-5146 (ext. 230); Dan Harder, Communications Coordinator, Media Relations, Advocate for Children & Youth (Saskatchewan), 306-933-6700; Lisa Broda, PhD, Deputy Advocate, Advocate for Children & Youth (Alternate - Saskatchewan), (306) 933-6700; Annette King, Child & Youth Advocate, Yukon Children and Youth Advocate Office (Yukon), 867-456-5575; Bengie Clethero (Alternate / Yukon), Deputy Advocate, 867-456-5575