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Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates releases national paper on youth suicide

WINNIPEG, September 17, 2019 - The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA) published A National Paper on Youth Suicide that calls on governments at the national, provincial and territorial levels to take concrete action to prevent youth suicide in Canada.
The paper consolidates research by the CCCYA members that led to the identification of three broad findings related to youth suicide: the impact of traumatic childhood experiences, the importance of service integration and continuity and how the voices of children and youth needs to be at the front of change.

"Suicide is the second most common cause of death amongst young people in Canada," said Del Graff, Alberta Child and Youth Advocate, and president of the CCCYA. "By ensuring communities are appropriately resourced, governments can play a key role in preventing these tragic deaths. While the rate of suicide is disproportionately high among Indigenous youth and requires particular attention, preventing suicide for all young people, including those at elevated risk, must be our collective priority."

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Advocate releases Behind Closed Doors report

Jan. 28, 2019 

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate has released a report entitled Behind Closed Doors: A Story of Neglect.

The report stems from the review of a severe case of child neglect involving a family of five young children.

In February 2018, the advocate’s office gave the Department of Social Development formal notice of investigation of this case.

The advocate’s review found violations of the children’s rights to: 

  • be protected from all forms of violence including neglect,
  • a decent standard of living,
  • health services,
  • rest, leisure and engage in play, and
  • parental and state supports in their child-rearing, prior to their placement in care.

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Advocate releases State of the Child Report

Nov. 20, 2018

FREDERICTON (GNB) – As part of the Child Rights Education Week, the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate released its tenth State of the Child Report today at an annual breakfast fundraiser hosted by NB Champions for Child Rights Inc.

The report contains an overview of some of the serious challenges facing New Brunswick youth, which includes: discrimination, mental health, poverty, and declining educational engagement.

“This year there is a special emphasis on the child’s right to preserve their identity, and the right of minority and indigenous children to enjoy their culture, to practice their faith and to speak their own language,” said Child, Youth and Senior’s Advocate Norman Bossé.

The report, which focuses on Articles 8 and 30 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, contains more than 200 statistics presented in a Child Rights Indicators Framework. This data is part of the information the provincial government needs to ensure it is helping all young people, and especially the most disadvantaged.

 “According to this data, children and youth from our province face numerous challenges,” said Bossé. “For example, the province has not done nearly enough to ensure the preservation of indigenous cultures. First Nations languages are imperilled to the point of crisis. I call upon the government to act immediately with First Nations leaders to preserve New Brunswick’s rich indigenous linguistic heritage.”

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Report on the rights of newcomer and refugee children

October 11, 2018

FREDERICTON (GNB) — The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate, in collaboration with the youth group East Coast Shaking the Movers, issued a report at the legislative assembly on Oct. 10 entitled Defending Child Rights for Refugees and Newcomers.

The report was issued during an information session with staff from the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate, young participants, and elected officials.

The young participants provided 33 recommendations on the rights of the child while taking into consideration the context of immigration, the refugee process and the school environment. They also reported cases of discrimination towards newcomers and identified recommendations to break down stereotypes and foster respectful communities where rights are respected and are individuals are free from racial discrimination. The report includes only recommendations from the young participants and reflects their discussions during a weekend event.

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Advocate releases State of the Child Report 2017

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate released its ninth annual State of the Child Report today at a breakfast fundraiser for NB Champions for Child Rights Inc.

In identifying the progress and the shortcomings in relation to child rights, the report encourages all stakeholders to strive even harder to promote and protect the rights of New Brunswick children and youth. The report contains an overview of issues facing youth in the province, including mental health, poverty, and educational engagement. This year the report has a special focus on the need to improve the youth criminal justice system.

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Child Rights Education Week 2017

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Nov. 20-26 is Child Rights Education Week, a time to celebrate, promote and advocate for the rights of children. The campaign began in New Brunswick but has since been embraced across the country. National partners include other child and youth advocates, the Canadian Red Cross, the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children and UNICEF Canada.

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Shaking the Movers 2019

Shaking the Movers events are forums on child rights, they are for youth by youth. In 2016, the New Brunswick Child and Youth Advocates Office and the Multicultural Association of Fredericton hosted the first Shaking the Mover event in eastern Canada. It's success has resulted in a second and third event. This year’s theme isRight to education focusing on how children’s rights are respected at school, most specifically in middle and high schools.

This event is free for participants. 

How can you participate?  See the Participation & Consent Form

 

Advocate releases State of the Child Report

13 December 2016

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate released its eighth annual State of the Child Report today at a breakfast for government members and senior civil servants in Fredericton.

The release of the report coincides with the 25th anniversary of Canada’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The report encourages all stakeholders to strive harder to promote and protect the rights of children and youth. The report contains an overview of various issues facing children and youth, as well as a thematic focus on mental health.

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Child Rights Education Week

14 November 2016

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Children, young people, schools, community organizations, families and the government are invited to promote and protect the rights of children during Child Rights Education Week, which starts today and lasts until Nov. 20, the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

This year’s theme is The Right to be Heard. The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate, in co-operation with various youth organizations including Right to Play, UNICEF Canada and other advocates, created a national website dedicated to the week. The site offers educational resources for teachers, educators, parents and children for celebrating the rights of the child.

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Advocate applauds tribunal’s decision to end inequalities experienced by First Nations children

27 January 2016

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate applauds the decision of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordering the federal government to offer First Nations children the same level of child and family services as that provided to other Canadian children.

The complaint filed in 2007 by the Assembly of First Nations and the First Nations and Family Caring Society of Canada spoke of the underfunding of child welfare services for First Nations communities. According to the complaint, this led to more widespread placement of aboriginal children living on reserves, who were taken from their families, rather than seeking alternative solutions.

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