Canadian Child and Youth Advocates, in partnership with leading Canadian non-governmental organizations, are proud to present Child Rights Education Week in Canada. Building upon the success of the previous two years, the national campaign will engage Canadians across the country in the promotion and protection of children’s rights.
Child Rights Education Week (CREW) in Canada is celebrated annually during the third week of November (week of November 20th) to promote, educate the public about, and engage Canadians in activities and conversations that highlight children’s rights. CREW celebrations have had the effect of raising broad-based awareness across Canadian communities about the collective duty we have to ensure that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is reflected in our laws, policies and practices in government, community and in the home.
In 1989, the United Nations adopted a treaty called the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The UNCRC says that all children have rights, and that everyone in the world is responsible for making sure that these rights are protected. Each one of the rights is as important as the others, and they are all connected to each other. Four of these rights are also called “general principles”, because they help us understand all of the other rights under the Convention. Those rights are: (1) non-discrimination, (2) best interests of the child, (3) maximum survival and development, and (4) participation.
This year, the committee for the Children’ Rights Education Week (CREW) has chosen the right to be heard. The right to be heard can mean a lot of things, for example, the right to be heard when decisions are taken that have an impact on you. It also include, the right to be heard when you want to express an opinion, your frustration or your enthusiasm, the right to be heard by the adults that surrounds you but also by the other children and youth in your life. The right to be heard is a right that you find in many laws across Canada and for this year’s Children’s education week, the committee would love to hear children and youth from across Canada ! Embark the movement and let your voice be heard ! Get involved in the video project!