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The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) is a network of Canadian organizations and individuals who promote respect for the rights of children. View this email in your browser
July 12, 2019

30 Plus: What Next for Children’s Rights in Canada?


This year is the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child  - and also of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children.  For thirty years the CCRC has worked for the realization of children’s rights in Canada and globally.  We celebrate progress made – and reflect on work to be done.  We are also casting a new vision for the role of the CCRC.  
  • What should be our focus for the next phase of work for children’s rights in Canada?
  • What kind of organization do we need to achieve our common goals?  
  • How can we sustain and expand support for the full realization of children’s rights?
What do you think?  We need input from members, friends, and other stakeholders to make critical decisions about what we do and how we do it, for the next stage of our mission.  All options are on the table. The board is forming a strategic planning committee to gather input and prepare options for consideration by the board and members, as part of the 30th Anniversary. Kate Butler, vice-chair, has offered to lead the process, which will report regularly to our supporters throughout the fall. 
 
Would you be willing to help the CCRC develop a new vision by serving on the strategic plan committee?  Further information from Kate Butler is available by sending a message to katepbutler123@gmail.com or info@rightsofchildren.ca.
 
Do you have suggestions/observations that you would like the committee to consider?  Would you like to discuss your thoughts with a member of the committee?   Messages to info@rightsofchildren.ca will be forwarded to the committee and they will be in contact with you.
 
It is only by working together that progress has been made and will continue.  Working together is at the heart of the CCRC.  
 

Children's Rights and the Fall Election 


Children cannot vote but they will be affected by choices made in the upcoming federal election. In June the CCRC sent a letter to each party leader, asking them to consider 10 Steps for Children as they develop the platforms they will put before voters.  10 Steps for Children: Children's Policies in the 2019 Election suggests specific policy directions and changes in the way decisions are made, to improve realization of children's rights in Canada. 

Everyone can help by asking questions about children's policies when they meet local candidates. To help, the CCRC offers questions you can use for any of the 10 Steps for Children that is a priority for you. See 10 Steps for Children: Speak Up for Children in the 2019 Election. 

If you would like more information about any of the suggested policies, please send an enquiry to info@rightsofchildren.ca. 

UNICEF Canada, a member of the Coalition, has launched a fall election campaign, Vote for Every Child. For further information and opportunities to participate, go to #Vote for Every Child.
 
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