Children's Rights and Child Care

By ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, Canada made a commitment to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect.This commitment includes that they be given the opportunity to have a voice, be protected from harm and be provided with their basic needs and every opportunity to reach their full potential.

The Convention is based on four principles:

  • Article 3 : The best interests of the child should be the first consideration for actions that affect a child
  • Article 6 : All children have the right to life, survival and development
  • Article 12 : All children have the right to participate; and,
  • Article 2 : All rights belong to all children without discrimination or exception.

The Convention also acknowledges the key role of parents and families in the lives of children and young people.


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Presentations

Irwin Elman's speech at the Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child - University of Ottawa November 20, 2009


Publications


Click here for Updates on the "Young People and the Future of Philanthropy Project"

Link to the pdf The Philanthropist

A Canada Fit for Children

Link to pdf A Canada Fit for Children

A World Fit For Children

A World Fit for Children

Your Voice Matters

Link to the pdf Your Voice Matters

Say It Right

Say it Right!

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Link to the pdf Convention on the Rights of the Child
Web-based activities for children:
Links and resources for children and youth