Thirty years ago today, the United Nations ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and it has been 28 years since the treaty was ratified by Canada. The UNCRC includes 54 articles that spell out the rights to health, safety, well-being, culture and education to which every child in the world is entitled. I am proud to celebrate Child Rights Education Week (Nov. 17 to 23) and specifically today, World Children’s Day, marking the birth of the UNCRC.
The Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth's report Children and Youth with Neuro-Diverse Special Needs is an important step toward improving services for B.C. children with special needs and their families.
A unique forum on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) that saw children, youth, caregivers and key decision-makers come together recently in Victoria has highlighted the need for impactful and positive change to the system of supports for a population of young people that has generally been underserved.
I wish to express my extreme disappointment at today’s action by the federal government to fight a recent Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) ruling that ordered compensation for First Nations children and families affected by Canada’s discriminatory on-reserve child welfare system.
This report provides an overview of the work of the Office on behalf of the children and youth of B.C. over the past year and a plan outlining goals and objectives for the 2019/20 to 2021/22 fiscal years. Complete financial statements are also included.
The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA) published A National Paper on Youth Suicide that calls on governments at the national, provincial and territorial levels to take concrete action to prevent youth suicide in Canada.
Today, on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevention and Support Day, I want to acknowledge the voices and experiences of children and youth with FASD.
FASD is a diverse neurological condition that affects each person differently. Those with FASD face some incredible challenges, but each child and youth also has individual strengths, talents and abilities.