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CCRC Reflections on 30 years of Children’s Rights in Canada


2019 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the United Nations and the establishment of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC). To honour this occasion, CCRC collected essays from a variety of child rights advocates to reflect upon child rights in Canada. In one essay, Dr. Cindy Blackstock describes how engaging children in legal processes to address egregious violations of children’s rights can advance knowledge and respect for the rights of children.

The CCRC’s 30-year anniversary statement notes their high priorities for the coming years include equitable treatment for First Nations, Metis and Inuit children; doing Child Rights Impact assessments for all policies that affect children; making the UNCRC part of Canadian law; and establishing a Children’s commission to monitor and report regularly o how well children’s rights are implemented in Canada.

They also shared the timeline for the steps in the pending official review of how Canada implements children’s rights:

  • 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.
  • Summer, 2020: A List of Issues for Canada to address will be public.
  • 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.
  • Spring, 2021: Report with recommendations for government action
  • 2021-Next Review: Follow-up and monitoring progress

CCRC invites you to contribute your views and expertise to this process. Connect with them at info@rightsofchildren.ca.