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
January 2, 2020
Best Wishes for 2020:
An Important Year for Children's Rights in Canada
Thank you for your on-going support for children's rights in Canada. The CCRC extends best wishes for you and your work in 2020! It will be an important year for children's rights in Canada. The UN review process intersects with important issues in every province and on the federal policy agenda. These are opportunities to work together to make advances for children across the country.
Review of Children's Rights in Canada:
Webinar on Process
Find out how you can use the review of children's rights in Canada as part of your advocacy to improve conditions for children in Canada. The CCRC is hosting a webinar with Child Rights Connect in Geneva to explain the process. You will learn how to prepare an alternative report, ideas for engaging young people, and ways to work with others to make progress for children's rights in Canada.
March 1, the deadline for submitting alternative reports is coming soon.
We hope you will make time early in 2020 to contribute from your experience through your own report or through adding to joint reports with others and the CCRC.
Active participation by civil society groups in Canada is critical to make the review process productive.
The timeline for the process is:
March 1, 2020: Deadline for submitting alternative reports to the UN Committee
June 1-5, 2020: The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child will host a pre-session to gather input for the review of Canada. More detailed information later.
Summer, 2020: A List of Issues for Canada to address will be public. These come from our submissions.
October, 2020: Deadline for Canada to submit its official response to the list of issues. (Last time Canada's response was late - the CCRC will track it and keep you informed)
December, 2020: Deadline for additional information from civil-society on list of issues..
January 11-29. 2021: Official hearing before UN Committee. More details later
Spring, 2021: Report with recommendations for government action
2021-Next Review: Follow-up and monitoring progress
For more information or to discuss how you can be part of the review process, send an enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org,
Check the CCRC website, www.rightsofchildren.ca, for updates on the process, fact sheets you can use to raise awareness of issues that affect children in Canada, and information from various groups who focus on different aspects of children's rights.