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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

Read reflections by Cheryl Milne, a highly-respected children's rights lawyer and former Chair of the CCRC, and Dr. Tara Collins, who has combined academic excellence and community advocacy for many years. These are part of a series.  Find their reflections and others on this special page of the CCRC website.

We want to hear from you.  Your thoughts will help to inform next steps in advocacy work.  You can submit them or get more information  by contacting info@rightsofchildren.ca.  

TIMELINES for REVIEW PROCESS

IMPORTANT NEWS!   We now know the timeline for the steps in the official review of how Canada implements children's rights.  Please work with these to make your plans to participate:
  • March 1, 2020:  Deadline for submission of your issue and suggestions as an alternative report on what is really happening for children in Canada, for use in Canada and UN. 
  • May, 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 
 
HOW CAN YOU USE THIS PROCESS FOR YOUR GOALS?  Consider the following steps:
  1.  Name the significant issues in your experience or work that relate to children’s rights.
  2.  Consider what evidence you might have to contribute -  to describe the issue and/or suggest actions that would better respect children’s rights.
  3. Tune in to webinar to find out how process works, check CCRC website for related resources, and contact us if you need more information. Detail on webinar coming soon. 
  4. Plan to submit a short analysis of your issue or area of expertise, engage young people in your circle, and use your work for advocacy in Canada in parallel with the review process.
  5. Use the report back to Canada to support your own and collective advocacy until children’s rights are implemented in Canada.
 HOW WILL THE CCRC SUPPORT YOU?   We will provide:
  •  Updates on the process and resources to use in your own work
  •  Webinar on the process with Child Rights Connect, experts in Geneva
  •   Fact-sheets and analysis by others for your use on the CCRC website
  •   Contact Persons for assistance in using this process to advance your goals
  •   CCRC alternative report on systemic issues will  link the work of all groups on specific issues and address general issues that affect everyone. 
  • Follow-up to recommendations to Canada through advocacy and public information
     

                $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.  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. 

                         Review Project: Special Donations  

Can you consider a special donation to achieve the CCRC goal for the review process - real change for children in Canada? All donations will be used for public awareness and more participation in Canada.   

Plans include regional gatherings to focus on the situation of children in different provinces;  sharing information between different groups and different aspects of children's rights; commentary on the official process for groups who can't go to Geneva; and follow-up on the report to get action by governments.

You can donate safely through the website and receive a charitable receipt for tax purposes.   
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