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Still Time before March 1

Thank you to the many people who are working on alternative reports for the review of children's rights in Canada. Your input is important. Be encouraged as you work toward the deadline by knowing you are part of a growing, strong group of advocates for children's rights in Canada. 

A wide range of reports are in process. Some will cover many issues.  Some will go into one issue in depth. Some will come from national organizations who are submitting on children's rights for the first time. Some will come from individual children to tell their story. Together they will show strong public support for implementing the Convention in Canada in order to improve conditions for all children. 

Governments in Canada will have to take notice.  For the first time there will be reports focused on provincial governments as duty-bearers, along with the federal government.  If the recommendations I have seen in drafts are taken seriously, children across the country will benefit. These reports will also be a rich source of information and helpful tools for our on-going advocacy.      
                   
NOTE: Submit Reports On-line  
Reports or letters from children can be submitted on-line through posting here: https://www.childrightsconnect.org/upload-session-reports/
It is no longer necessary to send printed reports. 

If you have any questions about preparing a report, consult the CCRC quick guide or get more detailed information from the Child Rights Connect website

The CCRC will also post reports on our website for sharing with others in Canada, if you send a copy to info@rightsofchildren.ca. 
                                    
   What Next? 
Spring:  The CCRC continues to advocate for a meaningful dialogue in Canada as part of the review process. There are strong indications we will get an opportunity in the spring to discuss the reports and issues with government officials in Canada before the official review with the UN Committee.  Stay tuned for more details. 

June: We are also exploring the option of video-conferencing from Canada for the June pre-session with the UN Committee in order to increase the number of young people who can participate. 

Budget 2020 and Follow-up to Mandate letters  The CCRC will be pursuing the major themes in the review through other channels as well, such as commentary on the upcoming federal budget and advocacy with Ministers who have related items in their mandate letters. Making the review part of on-going advocacy will help to make it more productive for children in Canada. The goal for the CCRC is change for children first and then improving Canada's reputation at the UN.    
 

 
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