Children First Canada has launched an exciting project to create a Canadian Children’s Charter: a vision and plan of action to make Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up! Children’s charters have been created around the world as tools to establish a national vision for the life that every child deserves, and to engage key stakeholders such as charities, government, and children themselves to create a plan to achieve that vision.
Several provinces and municipalities in Canada have their own Children’s Charters, and we now we're creating a vision and plan of action for all of Canada’s young people. Children’s Charters are often based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and have been adopted by municipalities, provinces, and other national governments around the world to guide public policies and programs that affect the wellbeing of children.
Children’s charters represent a shared commitment to respect the rights of children and promote children’s well-being with support from families, parents, guardians, governments, and the local community, including civil society organizations and the private sector. A Canadian Children’s Charter founded on principles of respect for the rights of children, mutual responsibility and accountability will allow for the best possible outcomes.
As we mark Canada’s 150th celebrations, this is a strategic moment in time to create a Children’s Charter that will benefit children and youth now and for generations to come.
The Canadian Children’s Charter will be developed through a dynamic process of consultation involving young people from coast to coast to coast, and with input and support from a wide range of stakeholders including government, civil society, the private sector, and community leaders.
It will begin with a national digital campaign to learn directly from children and youth about the biggest challenges that affect their lives and their ideas for taking action. We will be inviting thousands of Canadians below the age of 18 to share their input on the critical issues facing them and their peers, and to identify opportunities for action at a local and national level.
The digital campaign will culminate in a National Summit in Ottawa on November 21-22, 2017, where children and youth will meet with leaders of children’s charities, corporations, government and the media. Together, they will create the Canadian Children’s Charter: a vision and plan of action to make Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up!
The Canadian Children’s Charter will be released at a high profile press conference and reception, where young people will present the Children’s Charter to high level stakeholders from government, the private sector, children’s charities, and the media.
We want YOU to be involved! We have three ways for you to do that below!
Your thoughts are valuable and we want to hear from you! You can contribute your ideas to the Canadian Children’s Charter through completing the online national survey. Those who do will be entered into a draw for prizes!Take the survey by pressing the button below:
We will be bringing together children and youth from across Canada to share their experiences and questions with their peers through an Online Town Hall. We will be joining together on October 4th and 11th through a Twitter chat and Facebook Live. We want you to be a part of it so we can hear from you!
Let us know you’re going to join us by registering at the link below:
The discussion guide for focus group facilitators can be found here.
Young people from across Canada will gather on November 21 and 22 in Ottawa to consider the views from other young people from across the country, as well as connect with other young leaders, leaders of children’s charities, corporations, government and the media. This will be a highly participatory experience that will result with young people finalizing and presenting the Children’s Charter! Youth who attend will gain valuable experience in community engagement, public speaking, and facilitation.
If you want to be a youth delegate for the National Summit, have your local child or youth organization nominate you by filling out the form below:
(Note: Nominating organizations will be responsible for the costs of travel and accommodation)
If you don’t have a nominating organization but would still like to be involved, please contact us by filling out the form found at the link above or emailing us at email@example.com.
The deadline for nominations is October 13th, 2017.
Those chosen to be youth delegates will be informed by October 20th, 2017.