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The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (MACY) is here to make sure the voices of young people are heard. We make sure their rights are respected and that they have a say in decisions that affect their lives. We advocate, investigate, and review public services in Manitoba to ensure they are meeting the needs of children, youth, and young adults.

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2411, 2021

Manitoba Advocate releases 2020-21 annual report, child death data

Nov. 24, 2021

Advocate outlines challenges children and youth are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic

WINNIPEG, TREATY ONE TERRITORY, HOME OF THE METIS NATION – The Acting Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth, Ainsley Krone, has released her office’s annual report, which provides a summary of the activities and initiatives undertaken during the 2020-21 fiscal year.

The report outlines common challenges faced by children, youth, young adults, and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include, chronic absences and disengagement from school, child welfare placement breakdowns due to COVID-19 infections, and increased use of segregation and solitary confinement in youth custody facilities.

“Despite the many necessary service changes during COVID-19, our office continued to operate throughout the pandemic. We remained available to young people, their families, and service providers who were doing their best to manage service disruptions, changes, and the many unknowns,” Krone said. “Our staff rose to the challenge of adapting their work to changing restrictions and a new virtual reality. The result was several new and innovative approaches to fulfil our mandate.”

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1811, 2021

Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates urges Canadians to call on government to safeguard the rights of children and youth

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November 17, 2021

Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates urges Canadians to call on government to safeguard the rights of children and youth

November 17, 2021 (Saskatoon) – November 20th is National Child Day, and the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA) encourages everyone to hold governments accountable for protecting the rights of our young people.

In Canada, National Child Day is observed in recognition of our country’s commitment to upholding the rights of children and youth and to commemorate two important historical events – the United Nations’ adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child in 1959, and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 1989. National Child Day also presents an opportunity to raise awareness about children’s rights, the progress that has been made, and the work still yet to do.

Canada ratified the UNCRC in 1991, and this year marks the 30th anniversary of its application in our country. The UNCRC is a legally-binding, international human rights treaty setting out the rights that all children are entitled to.

“It requires governments to ensure that young people are protected from harm, are provided with what they need to grow up healthy, happy and safe, are given opportunities to have their voice heard in matters that affect them and have decisions made with their best interests in mind,” said Dr. Lisa Broda, President of the CCCYA and Saskatchewan’s Advocate for Children and Youth.

National Child Day is especially important to CCCYA member offices, as all our work is grounded in the UNCRC. It is our role to help hold governments to account for meeting their legal obligations under this document. “Thirty years is a long time,” said Broda.  “Long enough for Canadians to expect the most basic rights of children and youth to be protected by, and safeguarded in, our laws and national policies. While there has been much progress made in the last three decades, there are still circumstances in which this is simply not the case.” (more…)

1611, 2021

MACY Celebrates National Child Day

Celebrate National Child Day with us from November 15th to 20th!

This week, we are offering lesson plans for Grades 6-12 classrooms and a youth-focused webinar co-hosted by members of our Youth Ambassador Advisory Squad (YAAS!) on Friday at 11 a.m. CST. Register for the webinar here.
What is National Child Day? “In Canada, National Child Day is recognized on November 20th. Also known as World Children’s Day, National Child Day is a special day dedicated to shining a light on the rights of children and youth and ensuring we hear their voices,” says Unicef Canada. “So, why is National Child Day on November 20? On this day in 1959, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. And on the same day in 1989, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.”
Want to download a UNCRC poster? Click here! 

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