Children’s rights in Canada were under siege in 2018. Young people who are marginalized, vulnerable and involved with government systems, saw their rights curtailed and voices silenced. It is imperative that Canadians join us to demand their governments act to advance and uphold the rights of children and youth. To not take action is to fail them.
Children’s rights are important. Every child deserves to have a voice in the decisions that impact them. As advocates, we help the voices of young people be heard in the government systems that support and protect them. When they do not have that support, they may find themselves exploited, marginalized, or even seriously injured. This is why independent provincial/territorial advocates are important. We see young people on a daily basis, listen to their stories, and support them when needed.