The Challenge of Children's Rights for Canada

The Challenge of Children's Rights for Canada

The Challenge of Children's Rights for Canada

The Challenge of Children's Rights for Canada

Synopsis

This title examines Canada's obligations and the rights of children from the perspectives of research and development in the fields of developmental psychology, developmental neuroscience, law and family policy

Excerpt

Canada officially embraced a public policy of providing for the basic rights of children in the early 1990s. This occurred with the Canadian government's signing of the un Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990 and with the ratification of the Convention by Parliament and by the provinces (with the exception of Alberta) in 1991. By signing and ratifying the Convention, Canada was formally obligated under international law to comply with the articles of the Convention and to implement the rights of the child as described in the Convention. This constituted a very important promise to children: that every effort would be made through legislation, policies, and programs to actualize the rights of children, shielding them from the risks of living in a socially toxic environment. To borrow a phrase from legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin, Canada committed itself to a policy of “taking children's rights seriously.”

We now analyze Canada's policy promise to children. Our analysis begins with a brief review of the historical evolution of Canadian policy and law in regard to the treatment of children. We then examine the Convention and its implications for Canada. Here we look at the main categories of children's rights contained in the articles of the Convention, at the major guiding principles and themes of the Convention, and at Canada's obligations under the Convention for the implementation of children's rights and for the monitoring of the implementation. We conclude with a look at visions of a successfully implemented Convention as expressed by children's rights advocates and analysts at the time of the signing of the Convention. These visions are helpful in that they provide us with a standard by which to judge actual implementation by Canada during the 1990s, a subject that we analyze in later chapters.

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