introduction to the Canadian children's charter
In 2017 Children First Canada will launch an exciting project to create a Canadian Children’s Charter – a vision and plan of action to improve the lives of all of Canada’s children. 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 Charter, but no such vision exists for all of Canada’s kids. As we mark Canada’s 150th celebrations, this is a strategic moment in time to create a Children’s Charter that will benefit kids now and for generations to come.
The Canadian Children’s Charter will be developed through a dynamic process of consultation involving students 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, where children 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 of all of Canada’s children.
The Canadian Children’s Charter will be released at a high profile press conference and reception, where students can present the Children’s Charter to high level stakeholders from government, the private sector, children’s charities, and the media. We will leverage the momentum of Canada’s 150th celebrations as a key moment in time to gain maximum attention and support for a vision and plan for all of Canada’s children.
Stay tuned for more details!