Carleton University’s Landon Pearson Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights will host an event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the International Year of the Child (IYC) and the IYC Canadian Commission’s report “For Canada’s Children/Pour Les Enfants du Canada.”
The event will explore developments and remaining challenges for children’s rights in Canada over the past 40 years and will feature representatives from government, health, advocacy, non-governmental and education sectors. Landon Pearson, former vice-chair of the commission, will moderate the event discussion.
Media are invited to attend the event.
The UN declared 1979 the International Year of the Child and asked nations to examine the situation of their country’s children. The year focused on providing a framework for advocacy and enhancing awareness of the needs of children for decision-makers and the public, as well as to recognize that programs for children should be an integral part of economic development plans.
The Canadian Commission fulfilled this mandate by providing more than $1 million in small grants to groups throughout the country and developing a national agenda for action to frame future efforts for children in Canada.
The event will examine what has been done to promote the rights and well-being of generations of children born since 1979. It will include a networking fair of child and youth agencies of the national capital region. A reception will follow.
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