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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
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Reflections on 30 Years of Child Rights Advocacy

What difference has the Convention on the Rights of the Child made in Canada?  What should be the focus for continuing advocacy work in Canada?  The CCRC is sharing reflections on 30 years of work to advance children's rights in Canada.  You are invited to read reflections by others and offer your own thoughts.  Your thoughts will be considered as the CCRC decides on next steps for its work. 

2019 is the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children. In the first essay Honourable Landon Pearson, a pioneer in the field of children's rights, recalls the excitement of the early years and why the Coalition was formed.  Drs. Katherine Covell and Brian Howe provide an overview of progress and 3 proposals for Canada.  Dr. Cindy Blackstock reflects on progress made by involving children in a campaign to redress one egregious violation in Canada.  Lisa Wolff reflects on 2 barriers and 6 priorities to pursue.  Sandra Griffen, a former Chair of the Coalition, offers encouragement to today's advocates. Find their reflections on this special page of the CCRC website.

More reflections will be added during November.  If you would like to add your thoughts, submit them or get more information  by contacting info@rightsofchildren.ca
 

        Quebec Children's Rights Network  

With this newsletter the CCRC welcomes many children's rights advocates in Quebec who are exploring how they can work together to make progress in Quebec - and in Canada by working with the CCRC. An emerging network in Quebec is a significant strategic step for the CCRC.  Plans are underway to host gatherings in other provinces as well, as part of the current review process.  By working within provinces and linking together across provincial boundaries, we can show how children's rights can make federalism work better. 

In September the CCRC worked with partners in Montreal to host a gathering of groups, individuals, and young people who work on a wide variety of children's rights.  More than 70 people participated in workshops and plenary sessions to identify their priorities and find ways to work together. Plans for the next few months include establishing a platform for sharing work, some joint actions, and an alternative report on children's rights in Quebec. Watch for further news from Quebec and other provinces.  
 

 Right to Food in Canada

It may surprise many to learn that 1.15 children in Canada are food insecure.  Read the facts in a new Fact Sheet on the Right to Sufficient, Safe, Nutritious Food.  This fact-sheet identifies four practical actions that Canada could take to better implement children's right to food.  It draws on an alternative report submitted by the Center for Food Science and Health, posted with permission.  This is also an example of  how groups can submit alternative reports on specific issues. 

$30 Membership for 30th Anniversary

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC).  Join the Coalition to promote respect for children's rights across Canada. 

The Coalition was established in 1989 to promote awareness and implementation of the Convention in Canada. We are still doing that - and the need is as great as it was in 1989! 

In honour of the 30th Anniversary, the board of the CCRC decided to offer a special individual membership for $30 this year. Link to Membership Form. It's easy.  Do it now. 

As a member, you support the critical role that the CCRC plays in advocacy and monitoring progress for children's rights in Canada, especially during the review process this year.  A series of Fact Sheets raises awareness in Canada, and the CCRC will facilitate reporting to the UN Committee in 2020.Last year the CCRC was instrumental in making several strategic gains, such as recognition of children's rights in new federal legislation on family law and indigenous children's services. CCRC newsletters, conferences, and training workshops  increase knowledge and connection for anyone interested in children's rights in Canada. All for $30!  Join Now!
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