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Children’s advocates call for significant mental health planning and investment for young people now and after pandemic on National Child and Youth Mental Health Day

May 7, 2021 – SASKATOON – COVID-19 is having major mental health consequences for children and youth across Canada and will have a lasting – and potentially devastating impact – if governments do not act now, say members of the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA).

“This pandemic is more than a physical health crisis. What we are now seeing is that, for child and youth mental health, COVID-19 is a critical situation in the making,” said CCCYA President and Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth, Dr. Lisa Broda. “This is alarming as pre-pandemic public investment in mental health was already painfully inadequate, so without significant and thoughtful investment now and in the future by governments at all levels in all provinces and territories, we are staring down a catastrophe.”

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MANITOBA ADVOCATE AND FIRST NATIONS HEALTH AND SOCIAL SECRETARIAT OF MANITOBA PROVIDE JOINT SUBMISSION TO UNITED NATIONS

March 1, 2021 – The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (MACY) and the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba (FNHSSM) sent a joint submission to the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) in response to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council 33/25 on the rights of the Indigenous child under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP, 2007). This submission is guided and structured according to the priorities of the Indigenous youth of MACY’s Youth Ambassador Advisory Squad (YAAS!) and highlights Indigenous-led programs and initiatives as they relate to the realization of Indigenous children’s right to health.

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CANADIAN COUNCIL OF CHILD AND YOUTH ADVOCATES STRESSES THE NEED TO MAKE CHILDREN’S RIGHTS A PRIORITY ON NATIONAL CHILD DAY AND BEYOND

November 19, 2020 – Saskatoon – November 20th is National Child Day, and the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA) encourages everyone to participate in virtual activities to celebrate children and their rights. National Child Day is a day dedicated to honouring children and increasing awareness of their rights under The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The UNCRC is an international human rights law that sets out the broad range of rights held by children and youth. Under the terms of the UNCRC, Canada is required to meet the basic needs of young people across the country, without discrimination, and to help them reach their full potential.

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MANITOBA ADVOCATE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH’S SUBMISSION TO THE MANITOBA COMMISSION ON KINDERGARTEN TO GRADE 12 EDUCATION (2019)

June 20, 2019 – MANITOBA –The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (Manitoba Advocate) is pleased to make this submission to the Manitoba Commission on Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education (the Commission) with the purpose of improving education services for all children in Manitoba.

This submission falls under the Manitoba Advocate’s legal responsibility to conduct research on the provision of designated services for the purpose of making recommendations to improve the effectiveness and responsiveness of that service, as per section 11(1) (b) of The Advocate for Children and Youth Act.

THE MANITOBA ADVOCATE’S STATEMENT OF CONCERN
A Call to Action: A Mental Health and Addictions System to Meet the Needs of Children and Youth
What we need here in Manitoba is a continuum of youth mental health and addiction services and supports that are evidence-based, culturally-safe, trauma-informed, and accessible when they are needed.

CANADIAN COUNCIL OF CHILD AND YOUTH ADVOCATES (CCCYA) STATEMENT OF CONCERN
A National Paper on Youth Suicide
As part of its work, the Council has been actively monitoring what the provincial, territorial and federal governments are doing to address the issue of child and youth suicide in Canada. While much work has been done by the Advocates to better understand this issue, they have also called for government to take concrete action to address it.

CANADIAN COUNCIL OF CHILD AND YOUTH ADVOCATES (CCCYA) STATEMENT OF CONCERN
Statement on Children’s Rights in Canada
Children’s rights in Canada were under siege in 2018. Young people who are marginalized, vulnerable and involved with government systems, saw their rights curtailed and voices silenced. It is imperative that Canadians join us to demand their governments act to advance and uphold the rights of children and youth. To not take action is to fail them.